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Mikhail Bulgakov's Museum
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Ranked #38 of 2,714 things to do in Moscow
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

We are big fans of the Master and Margarita so had big hopes for the museum. It was amazingly good with so many momentos of the book and a lovely cafe. The staff are great, you can buy postcards, books etc, and it is free to get in! Our favourite thing in Moscow (well, apart from the Metro).

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Reviewed 28 July 2017

If you've never read Bulgakov, then you're probably not reading this review. On a more serious note, this is the place for true Bulgakov fans to visit. There are actually two museums here. There is one on the ground floor that is run by a bunch of enthusiastic fans. Then there is the official one, which is actually in apartment 50. I will write about the latter here but both are worthy of your time. First, to access the museum, you need to go through the small tunnel into the courtyard at the back, then walk past the first-floor museum to the next door along the building wall, where you will have to press the buzzer to be let in. Go all the way up the stairs to apartment 50, taking in the graffiti on the way up. My wife is not a Russian-speaker so we booked an English tour. They have these scheduled from time to time (most of the tours are of course in Russian), but we were also able to call the museum and book a private tour to match our schedule. The museum was very accommodating and the tour was well presented. I think when people think of apartment 50, they mainly think of Bulgakov's work, The Master and Margarita, because the apartment features prominently in the novel. However, it is important to understand that the museum and tour focus on the life of Bulgakov generally, not just on The Master and Margarita. It is interesting to see the apartment where Bulgakov lived and to see many of the artifacts of his life and to hear about how he lived during Soviet times. We found the tour very informative. After touring the apartment, we also did a walking tour of the area and saw Patriarch's Ponds and one of the houses suspected of being Margarita's house from the novel. It was a lot of fun.I wish I had had the time to do the tram ride that the first-floor museum offers, but I suppose I need to save something for the next visit. If you're really a hard-core fan, also drop by Novodevichy Cemetery where you can see Bulgakov's tomb. It's in section 2 to the right of the main entrance on the other side of the wall.

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Reviewed 28 November 2016

If you want to see all the museun and listen to a very interesting stories about Bulgakov and this place - buy tour! It's well-organized, informative and very interesting.

Thank Elena S
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

I love the graffiti up the hallway into the flat. Life in communal flats under Soviet rule is shown here, though information is provided in Russian for the most part. The rooms are beautifully laid out, both showing how Bulgakov lived whilst also combining aspects of art in some creative installations. There was also the big black cat, Begemoth from Master and Margarita I presume, asleep amongst old typewriters which made for great pictures and a marvellous atmosphere. The museum is free for students and just really lovely.

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Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

The museum seemed to be interesting, but there was unfortunately no information in English. We thus didn't understand anything. The lay-out of the rooms were good. We could afterwards visit Bulgakov's apartment as well, which is quite close to the museum.

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