About the Museum

The House on the Embankment Museum was founded on 12 November 1989 on the initiative of one of the oldest residents of the house Tamara Andreyevna Ter-Yegiаzaryan. The museum got premises on the first floor of the house which was the former apartment of the head of the entrance hall’s security service.

Tamara Andreyevna gathered together many residents of the house. Announcements with invitations to the museum hung in the entrances to the house encouraging residents to come to the Museum, recount stories of their families, bring photographs, documents, books, and household items.

The team of the newly appeared Museum got the task of making a list of residents of the house starting from 1931. The searched in the State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF), the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI), the United Moscow archives, and other archives. Over many years, the Museum managed to recover the names of the residents who took part in the Great Patriotic War and those who were affected in the years of Stalin’s repression.

In 1992, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic awarded the Museum the title of a people’s museum.

In 1996, the Museum received a grant from the Soros Foundation for improving the material and technical basis of the building, and the money was spent on office equipment.

Since the middle of 1998, the Government of Moscow issued the decree on reorganizing the Museum into a Municipal Museum of Regional Studies administered by the Department of Culture of Moscow’s Central Administrative District. Olga Romanovna Trifonova became its Director. She is a novelist and a widow of the Soviet writer Yury Valentinovich Trifonov who authored the short novel The House on the Embankment.

Author, the widow of prominent Soviet writer Yury Valentinovich Trifonov

The Album “The House on the Embankment”
Author originator Olga Romanovna Trifonova

In 2014, the Museum “House on the Embankment,” became a department of the Museum Association of Moscow, and in 2017 became a part of the GULAG History Museum.

Today, the museum exhibits not only show the history of the building and the fates of its residents, but also recount the epoch and the symbol that became the House on the Embankment. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the apartments of the intelligentsia of the 30s, presenting original furniture, created by the sketches of the head architect of the house Boris Iofan.

The museum hosts tours, meetings, lectures, urban promotions, and changeable exhibitions.

Interview with Olga Romanovna Trifonova for mycentury.tv project
Recorded: September 2009 – January 2010