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There are a lot of unique museums in Nizhny Novgorod. We will tell you only about some of them.

Gorky Museum


Semashko St., 19


The museum is open from 9am till 5 pm. Monday, Thursday are the days off.

+7 (831) 436-16-51, +7 (831) 419-61-29

Gorky – that was the name of Nizhny Novgorod till 1990. The writer Maxim Gorky (real name – Alexey Peshkov) was born here and lived here for about 25 years. In the city there are a lot of sights connected with the life and works of the writer. It is possible to learn about Maxim Gorky from tours of three museums: Museum of Gorky’s childhood ("Kashirin's Lodge"), Gorky's Museum Apartment and Gorky Literature Museum.

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By visiting "Kashirin's Lodge", we will move to pages of the famous autobiographical work of the writer – ‘The Childhood’. The museum is a live illustration both to Gorky’s works and to his biography. A chest, a samovar, the tile furnace, birches, the dye-house, a big wooden cross under which one of characters (Gipsy) died … Here the obsolete words, metaphors, epithets used in the text will become clear.

Gorky's Museum Apartment will tell more about the life of the famous writer Maxim Gorky, whose works were translated into 16 languages already at the beginning of the XX century. Here, in the house of baron Kirshbaum, on the former Martynovskaya Street (nowadays – Semashko St.), the writer, together with the family, rented an apartment from 1902 to 1904. There are more than 1500 original exhibits, ten rooms among which there is a big dining room (the meeting place of the city intellectuals where M. Gorky, L. Andreyev, E. Chirikov and others read the extracts of their novels, where Fedor Shalyapin's voice sounded in the evenings), Gorky's office (creative laboratory of the writer), F. Shalyapin's room ("the museum in the museum”, where the writer's friend stayed in 1903).

The general impression about Gorky’s life and creativity can be obtained by visiting the Gorky Literary Museum – the s.c. Burmistrov' mansion, the action scene in Rukavishnikov’s "The cursed family". Each room of the museum has its unique atmosphere. Recently, on March 28, 2018 (the 150th anniversary of the writer) the new room was open in the museum: "New life. Maxim Gorky and the first Russian revolution". There is a mimeograph, the purchase of which lead to Gorky 's arrest in 1901, among unique exhibits of the room.

Literary museum of N. Novgorod


Minina St., 26


The museum is open from 9:00 till 5 pm. Monday, Tuesday are the days off.

+7 (831) 436-65-83

State Contemporary Art Center "Arsenal"


Kremlin, building 6


phone./fax +7 (831) 422-45-54

Arsenal is not only a museum of contemporary art, it is a laboratory of cultural life enriching Nizhny Novgorod with events, actions, new art objects, etc. Check the information on exhibitions and events on the website or in social networks in advance.


Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum


Verkhnevolzhskaya Emb., 3


Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday – 10am to 6 p.m, Thursday - 12a.m. to 8 pm , Friday, Saturday, Sunday - 11 am to 7 p.m, Monday – no admission.

The Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum (NNSAM) is one of the oldest regional museums of Russia. It occupies two historical buildings located in the center (in the Kremlin and on Verkhnevolzhskaya Embankment)

The collection of NNSAM includes more than 12 thousand exhibits. It comprises collections of the Russian, Western European and Eastern art. Among exhibits there are works having national and world value: a large collection of icons and practically all significant painters of the 18-20th centuries: Bryullov, Savrasov, Shishkin, Ayvazovsky, Repin, Serov, Korovin, Serebryakova, Roerich, Kustodiyev, Malevich, Larionov, Kandinsky, etc.


Nizhny Novgorod State Historical and Architectural Memorial Estate


Pokrovka, 8


+7 (831) 282-25-46 Ticket office

+7 (831) 282-25-47 Excursions

The Nizhny Novgorod Memorial Estate is the largest association of museums in the Nizhny Novgorod Region.

It comprises seven branches, six of which are concentrated in a historical part of the city: ‘Rukavishnikov' Estate’ (the merchant palace on Verkhne-Volzhskaya Embankment in Nizhny Novgorod), ‘the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin’ (the hallmark of the city), ‘the Multimedia Historical Park "Russia is My History"’ in the Main Yarmarka Exhibition Building, Regional ‘Museum for the History of Art Crafts’, ‘the Technical Museum’ (a unique collection of ancient equipment and tools), ‘Pokrovka 8 Showroom’, ‘the Museum of the Russian Patriarchy’ in Arzamas. Museum funds contain more than 320,000 units of storage that makes a half of all state stock in the Nizhny Novgorod Region. The chronological period ranges from paleolith to the present.

Rukavishnikov' Estate is the main building of the Nizhny Novgorod State Historical and Architectural Memorial Estate. The building (built in 1877) is an object of cultural legacy and a magnificent monument of architecture. It was constructed by the merchant, the honorable citizen of Nizhny Novgorod Sergey Rukavishnikov.


Russian Museum of Photography


Piskunova St., 9a


Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday — 11to 7 p.m., Thursday — 12 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sunday – 11 to 5 p.m, Friday – no admission.

+7 (831) 437-37-43

Russian Museum of Photography is the first museum in Russia devoted to history of the photo, as well as life and works of famous photographers Karelin and Dmitriyev.


Industrial tourism and expositions devoted to radio in Nizhny Novgorod


Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10 to 5 p.m.. Saturday, Sunday – no admission.

+7 (831) 419-67-55.

Radio may well serve as a brand of the city. The radio pioneer Alexander Popov (considered the inventor of radio in Russia) showed here the technical innovations at the commerce and industry exhibition of 1896. M. Bonch-Bruyevich made his discoveries here (at the end of 1918 under his guidance the radiotelephone transmitter was created). Since 1918, the Nizhny Novgorod Radio Laboratory began to work which transmitted the human voice for the first time on February 27, 1919. The radiotelephone plant "Siemens & Halske" was constructed in 1916 in Nizhny Novgorod (later it was renamed into the Lenin TV Plant also known as ‘NITEL’). The city was called "the first radio-capital".

The Nizhny Novgorod radio discoveries and other technical inventions have not stopped, the development of a scientific and technical thought continues nowadays as well, and it is possible to learn about history of the famous discoveries in an exposition of the of Radio Laboratory Museum, as well as of the Museum of Prioksky city district.

Radio Laboratory Museum presents to everyone a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the history of great discoveries in radio engineering. The majority of exhibits are in working order, and during the tour you can listen to the music as people used to do it in the 1960-70s when x-ray films were used as records. Today it is not only a museum, but also a scientific and information center. During the tour, anyone will be able to study the ordinary physical phenomena in games. You can become a real radio telephone operator and send a radiogram to Berlin.

The museums of the NITEL plant and Frunze plant have interesting expositions as well, but to get there, a special pass is necessary.

Museum of Prioksky city district


Prioksky district


Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9.30 to 6 p.m.. Saturday, Sunday – no admission. 


Is the open area for demonstration of exhibits of the local plants and also art space where recitals, meetings of poetic club, conferences and other events take place. The museum has big exhibition spaces where new art, photo and other types of exhibitions are regularly shown.