F.I.Chaliapin Memorial Apartment is the last address of the great F.I.Chaliapin in Russia and the first Chaliapin's museum in Russia (opened April 11, 1975).
Here the great singer lived from 1912 to 1922, and from here he left Russia in September 1922. After Chaliapin's departure his friend and secretary I.G.Dvoryshchin had taken care of the apartment and the property till his death during the Siege of Leningrad in winter 1942. An accidental phone call to Leningrad Theatre Museum saved the singer's unique archive and private belongings.
In 1991 the Memorial apartment was closed for capital reconstruction. It reopened after the renewal on February 5, 1998.
Here one can familiarize himself with the context of Chaliapin's life and creative activities. Documents, shots of Chaliapin's life in this apartment, as well as memoirs of his contemporaries helped to restore the memorial complex: the living and the dining rooms, the hall. The piece of interior of the singer's dressing room in Mariinsky theatre has also been renovated. The main stages of his life are represented by letters and photos, theatre costumes and set designs for the performances he participated in, posters and programs, his private belongings, paintings and drawings.
Of particular interest are the images of Chaliapin in life and on stage created by such outstanding artists as A.Golovin, K.Korovin, A.Yakovlev. The Museum also possesses the famous portrait by B.Kustodiev (1921) which is actually the singer's biography, the saga of his triumphant way from fair shows to the best world opera stages. Chaliapin loved the portrait and took it abroad with him. In 1968 his daughters Marfa and Marina sent this brilliant masterpiece as a gift to the Theatre Museum.
The famous Russian-Soviet writer M.Gorky's gift to the great singer - the collection of arms - is also held here