Kant's House near Kaliningrad to welcome first visitors in 2018

03 August 2016
Museum complex "Kant's House" in the Kaliningrad region will welcome its first visitors in 2018. The renovation of the items related to the life and work of the philosopher Immanuel Kant – more than 46 million rubles were allocated for the project from the Presidential Reserve Fund, according to Sergey Yakimov, Director of the complex.

"The beginning of large-scale renovation works of the Kant's House in the Veselovka village, Chernyakhovsky district, practically start the preparation for celebration of the 300th anniversary of Immanuel Kant in Russia in 2024," Yakimov said. According to him, the reconstruction of the items associated with the philosopher, "will have an impact on the Russian-German relations - cultural and scientific relations between Russia and Germany,” where respect for Kant has a very special place.

100 exhibits for future museum

According to Yakimov, a tender for the restoration will be announced in the near future, and the works at the site will begin in late September – early October. By the 2018 World Cup the cultural facility will be made available for tourists.
Yakimov also noted that the collections of the historical and art museum today have around 100 of exhibits that will be included in the exposition of the historical and cultural complex and its central object - Kant's House. "We are talking about things from Kant’s time, archaeological finds of the time associated primarily with people’s way of life," he said.

There are no authentic things owned by Kant, besides lifetime editions in the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, and locks of his hair in Germany. "Whatever could last is lost, burned down during the bombing by British air forces in August 1944 of Königsberg center - the cathedral, where the German philosopher was buried,” Yakimov said.

Kant tourist route

Kant's house in the Kaliningrad region is a residential building in the Veselovka village, Chernyakhovsky district. It was built approximately in the second half of XIX - early XX century on the site of the destroyed rectory where, according to Kant scholars, Immanuel Kant lived for several years, working as a teacher in the middle of the XVIII century. In 1748 young Kant left his native Königsberg (now Kaliningrad) for the first time. He spent three years in Yudshen as a private tutor in the home of Pastor Daniel Ernst Anders. At the same time, Kant began working on his first independent works.

The restoration of the building was proposed in 2013. Cultural and historical significance of the venue was confirmed by the state inspection. Design specifications and estimates for the complex of restoration measures passed public-cultural inspection in Moscow.

In 2014, the governor of Kaliningrad region Nikolay Tsukanov issued an order to develop historical and cultural tourist route to places of residence of the philosopher in Kaliningrad. The route will unite the Cathedral, where Kant is buried, the old tower in Pravdinsk district, where the future founder of the German classical philosophy loved to rest, and Veselovka village. The museum complex in the village is also intended to become another place pf interest for enthusiasts from Russia, Germany, China and other countries, who study the legacy of Immanuel Kant.