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Explore the Anna Akhmatova Museum

Anna Andreevna Gorenko was born in 1889 and later became known as Anna Akhmatova, which was her pen name. Even though her work was suppressed under the iron grip of the Stalin regime and her creativity banned from publication for years, the literary world of Russia began to take note of her poetry after Stalin’s death, and she is known today as one of the most celebrated poets in Russian history. The Anna Akhmatova Museum at The Fountain House is dedicated to her memory and the work she left behind.

The Anna Akhmatova Museum was opened in 1989, exactly a hundred years after Anna Akhmatova’s birth and is situated in the former Sheremetevsky Palace. Not only does the museum bring honor to Akhmatova, but to the creative minds of her generation and the struggles that were fought by ordinary people every day. The museum was created in the flat where Akhmatova and her husband Nikolai Punin, a theoretician, lived in the 1920’s. Due to her prior marriage to Nikolay Gumilyov, an extension to the Anna Akhmatova Museum at The Fountain House was made in the flat where Nikolay Gumilyov lived for his last two years, the Nikolay Gumilyov Memorial Museum Flat.

In the Anna Akhmatova Museum, visitors will be able to listen to her voice on old recordings, look through the photo albums on display and browse through the magnificent collection of items and artifacts relating to the poet and the era of Stalin. The museum also tries to promote her work as a poet by organizing book presentations and literary readings. Concerts and art exhibitions are also held here, all in aid of exposing the public to the rich literary world in Russia and its many talented writers.

Nikolay Gumilyov, Akhmatova’s first husband, was accused of anti-Soviet activities, and in 1921 he was executed. He was a magnificent scientist and geographer and the museum showcases some of his lectures, books and personal items that belonged to him up until his untimely death.

Anna Akhmatova used her genius as a poet to bring to light the intolerable difficulties suffered by women in creative fields, immortalizing treasured memories and leaving behind a legacy that is admired today, especially works such as Requiem, a collection of poems written by her between the years 1935 to 1940. The museum reflects back on these troubled times and the people who fought to keep their identity and dreams alive through oppression and dictatorship. It is a wonderful attraction and should be visited by tourists, for it is truly a venue where the past comes to life on a personal level.


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