Address: 7, Rilskogo Str., Kiev
Phone: +38 (044) 525-24-71, 525-85-72
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00
Closed on Friday
The famous Ukrainian poet Maxim Tadeyevich Rylskiy (1895-1964) lived in this house for the last 11 years of his life. He personally chose this plot, rejecting the “writers` hundred square meters” in Koncha Zaspa, which is elite now. He preferred close Kiev surroundings: picturesque Goloseevo that was almost unaffected by construction suburb at that time. Rylskiy built the house according to his own project.
Now the building is surrounded by modern mansions and time feels “frozen” inside of it. The life of classic of Ukrainian literature becomes tightly connected with the writer’s everyday life in these walls. A figure from the text-books revives and visitors face the ambiguous image of the famous poet and translator, literature expert and public figure. It is very good that the Museum was opened in several years after the poet’s death – in 1968 – it made it possible to preserve the atmosphere of the poet’s life.
The sons of the poet, his colleagues helped to create the Museum. Mentors of Russian poetry N. Tikhonov, A. Tvardovskiy and M. Isakovkiy, opera singer I. Kozlovskiy were among them. Since then over 1 million people have visited the Museum for more than 40 years.
A great number of Rylskiy`s manuscripts, his library, many domestic items, including hunting accessories are kept here. Rylskiy was an inveterate hunter and fisherman, active traveler and collector.