Victor Vasnetsov Museum

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This fairy-tale palace in the centre of Moscow used to belong to the Russian artist Viktor Vasnetsov, who had designed it at the end of the 19th century. Vasnetsov was the foremost illustrator of folk tales, who made such folk characters as the Bogatyrs, Baba Yaga and Ivan Tsarevich famous. Vasnetsov and his family lived in this house for over 30 years. Despite its modest size, the museum boasts 25,000 exhibits: hand-carved furniture, a cupboard that looks like a folk palace in its own right, a sword, a chain armour, some chests and, last but not least, a collection of Vasnetsov's folk tale paintings. The artist lived on the first floor, and worked on the second. And that is how the exposition is organized: the everyday life below, the art and Russian folk characters – above.