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Welcome to Yasnaya Polyana

Yasnaya Polyana

Located 120 miles (200km) from Moscow, Yasnaya Polyana is the estate where Lev Tokstoy was born in 1828. In 1921, the property became a memorial to the celebrated author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, and contains a museum with his personal effects and library of nearly 22,000 volumes. Nearly a century later, the museum is still run by Tolstoy's descendants.

Tolstoy spent 60 years living at Yasnaya Polyana with his family, and each of his 13 children were born there (although four died at young ages). He founded a working farm and children's school on the estate, and is still buried in an area called the Forest of the Old Order (so called because it was forbidden to cut down trees there).

Information & Facts

Shchekino District, Tula Region
Admission is only allowed on a guided tour from April through October.
Russian is the official language. Some people speak English, French or German.

The official currency is the Rouble (RUB), which is divided into 100 kopeks. Most major credit cards, like Visa and Mastercard are accepted in the larger hotels and at places that deal with foreign tourists. Currency can be changed at banks, currency exchange booths and hotels. Travellers cheques are difficult and expensive to cash, but if necessary it is advised to take them in US Dollars or Euro. ATMs are widely available in major cities. It is hard to get rubles outside Russia and travellers are advised to take good condition US dollars or Euro notes to change once there. It is illegal to pay for goods or services in hard currency, though it is often accepted.

Opening Times
Tuesday to Sunday 9am-5pm. The Tolstoy House is closed for cleaning last Tuesday of each month, and the Kuzminsky House is closed for cleaning last Wednesday of each month.
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