There is a nice lake between the old town of Votkinsk, where the museum was made inside the house,where the composer Tchaikowski spent the first 8 years of his childhood and the new city of Votkinsk across the lake. This lake ends at the car-park where all tourist-buses will stop at the museum, but to walk over to the new city takes more than 15 minutes and driving there seems to be never on the schedule of such excursions.
It was sunny but also quite windy as well, so swimming was not possible in May there. The beach was flat and in summer this might be a great place to take a swim.
The museum of Votkinsk is not only in the yellow house, where Tchaikowski spent his childhood, but it consists also of some more wooden buildings and the small open house with the columns, that you will see on my 2nd and 4th photograph. Seems to be a place, where an orchestra could sit during a musical concert or something similar.
Unfortunately this part of the museum was not open for visitors and there were guides to make sure that we did not go there.
The Tchaikovsky-museum is not only interesting for everybody, who is interested in the famous composer, but also for everybody who is interested to see how the everyday life was an the end of the 19th century in a wealthy family in Russia. You will see precious icons, great furniture and chandeliers even a spinning-wheel.
The monument for Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (sometimes also spelled Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) is placed in front of the museum, that used to be the house where he was living the first 8 years of his life. Next to it is the lake and some benches,it is a fine place for a break and to enjoy the special atmoshere with all of these lovely oldfashioned wooden houses in this part of Votkinsk.
There is a large room for the children to play and the most impressive toy is certainly that large doll for Tchaikovsky's sister Alexandra (Sascha), a doll that was certainly quite rare in ordinary families of the end of the 19th century. I am quite sure, not many of these exhibits are the real toys of the Tchaikovsky-family, they are rather just examples of toys of weathly families of that time, but that certainly does not matter a lot, it was interesting to see them !
The diningroom is set up with great china and you certainly get a good feeling what it was like to enjoy dinner in a weathly home in Russia at the end of the 19th century. Tchaikovsky even had a nanny from France and in the age of 5 he began with piano-lessons, but soon he became more able than his teacher. In the age of 8 years the family left Votkinsk and moved to Moscow and later to St. Petersburg, where young Pjotr Illich attended a School of Jurisprudence. In the age of 14 , shortly after the death of his mother, he started with his first compositions.
There was no radio or TV at that time and so the big hall with the piano and other musical instruments was a perfect place to enjoy the evening, while listening to music performed by young Pjotr Illich Thaikovsky.
Tchaikovsky's mother Aleksandra Andreevna d'Assier (1813-1854) died when he was just 14. he had 4 brothers (the youngest of them were twins) and 1 sister. His father Ilya Petrovitch Tchaikvosky was a wealthy inspector of mines,this is why their house is much bigger than the ordinary houses of that time.
Take a guided tour through the Tchaikowski-museum, it seems to be the only way to see all the exhibits. Our guide was speaking an excellent german and there will be also guides speaking english and other languages and I had the feeling that in every room there was an extra guide, closing the doors after the tour-groups and making sure nobody was left behind.
In case that you want to take some photographs, there will be an extra-charge, it was 200 Rubles (around 6 Euros) and the way this was handled gave me the impression that all of that money went directely to the guides instead of to the museum.
The yellow house was one of my favorite in Votkinsk, because of that rare extra window on top of the roof. Take a closer look at it and you will see the lovely extra-columns and the great ornaments around of it and around of the windows. My last photographs shows the first of the 4 houses, situated directely at the car-park.
Bibliotheka (library) is the inscription on this house and it is a good example for a russian word that is easy to understand, if you are able to read the cyrillic letters, because in german and Latin it is exactely the same word as in Russian. It is a nice wooden house with beautiful extra decorations around the windows,dont miss to take a closer look !
The library is open for visitors :
Monday-Saturday : 11.00am - 07.00pm
and sundays between 11.00am and 06.00pm