About the Museum

The Museum “House on the Embankment” was founded on November 12, 1989 by the initiative of one of the oldest residents of the house, Tamara Andreevna Ter-Egiаzarian. The museum was allocated a room on the first floor of the house, which was the former apartment of the chief guard of the entrance.

Tamara Andreeva gathered many residents of the house. Announcements advertising admission to the museum hung in the entrances of the house, asking residents to recount the stories of their families, to bring photographs, documents, books, and household items.

Before a museum team could be formed, the task arose of making a list of the residents of the house starting from 1931. The search was conducted in the State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF), the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History (RGASPI), United Moscow, and other archives. Over many years, the museum managed to recover the names of the residents who had taken 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 national museum.

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

From mid-1998, the Government of Moscow Museum was reorganized in the Municipal Ethnographic Museum of the Department of Culture of the Central Administrative Okrug of the city of Moscow. Olga Romanovna Trifonova, a writer and the widow of Soviet writer Yuri Valentinovich Trifonov, author of the story, “The House on the Embankment,” became the museum’s director.


Museum Director
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 2016 became a part of the State Museum of the History of the Gulag.

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 Trifonovy for mycentury.tv project
Recorded: September 2009 – January 2010