Odessa Literary Museum

Odessa State Literary Museum (OLM)

It has already been more than two centuries since the foundation of the eternally young city, after studying the history it can be safely affirmed: Odessa - Literary. Enriched the world culture in its artistic way.

Odessa Literary Museum.Odessa Literary Museum was founded in 1977, and opened its doors to first visitors only in 1984.

The museum is located in the historical center of Odessa, in a palace belonging to one of the first Odessites, Prince Dmitry Ivanovich Gagarin, where balls and meetings were held at the present "grand" exposition "Golden Hall", and, according to historians, the Hungarian composer once gave a concert. Pianist Ferenc Liszt, which is not surprising, since the Golden Hall is still considered the best chamber concert hall in Odessa, with its amazingly beautiful interior and remarkable acoustics.

Later, in 1896, the City Duma transferred the palace building to the Odessa Literary and Artistic Society, which included writers, poets, artists and actors. There were meetings, presentations of new works and speeches by Henry Longfellow, Ivan Bunin, Maria Zankovetska, Vladimir Zhabotinsky and other equally talented personalities.

Odessa Literary Museum is both a museum of the history books and the memorial museum, which absorbed the literature and culture of the city, personal belongings of the poets and writers. Museum that literally immerses its visitors in the history of literary Odessa, in the halls, arranged in chronological order, which tells of a certain time of life eternally young Odessa, not for nothing is one of the largest museums in the world literature. After all, who else can boast of such a list of personal items, autographs, first editions of books, prints, drafts: Pushkin, Gogol, Mickiewicz, Babel, Franko, Lesia Ukrainka, Korolenko, Bunin, Kataev, Kotsyubyns'kogo, Bagritsky Oleshi, Ilf and Petrov, and Other great creators.
Ancient posters, the publication of the first newspapers and remarkable design only enhance the impressions and allow you to fully immerse yourself in the history of literary Odessa.

What literary Odessa and without humor?
In 1995 a new exposition "The Garden of Sculptures" was opened in the courtyard of the literary museum - in which there are humorous sculptures of contemporary authors.
It is interesting that Odessites took for the tradition in the numbers of April 1 (all the favorite day of laughter, in Odessa it is celebrated on a "broad leg" with the holding of Yumorina and all the accompanying ones) to present the city with a new exhibit in the sculpture garden.

The Odessa Literary Museum holds art and literature exhibitions, concerts of jazz and classical music, book presentations, conferences and various cultural events, annually hosting over 100,000 visitors.

In the ticket office of the Odessa Literary Museum you can purchase a tourist card ODESSACARD

Garden sculptures Odessa Literary Museum

Exposition of the Odessa Literary Museum

The Golden Hall

Dedicated to Lit-Art activities and theatrical life of Odessa.

The ceremonial hall of Gagarin's Palace, lavish balls and concerts were held here in the 19th century, in the 20th century there was a society of literature and artistry that included such famous personalities as Ivan Bunin, Alexander Kuprin, Vlas Doroshevich, Vladimir Zhabotinsky, Kornei Chuikovsky, Maria Zankovetskaya and many others. Others.

The Odessa Literary Museum notes:
Today it is the most popular concert hall in Odessa, it hosts performances of poets and writers, literary evenings and speeches.

Pushkin Hall

It corresponds to the atmosphere of the "Golden Age" of Odessa and literature and gathered in itself the masters of the thought of generations: Poet Konstantin Batiushkov, Nikolai Gnedich, Vasily Zhukovsky, Adam Mickiewicz.

The Odessa Literary Museum celebrates the popular exhibitor of the hall:
Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin, who spent 13 months in Odessa and issued the Odessa chapter of "Eugene Onegin" to the city "the letter of immortality".

"Fireplace" Hall

Describes the end of the 19th century in the development of the national literature of the peoples of the empire.

Classics and founders of modern Armenian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Yiddish poetry and prose - Avetik Isahakyan, Andrei Pumpur, I. Nechuy-Levitsky, S. Rudansky, Mendele Moyher-Sforim, Sholom Aleichem.

The Odessa Literary Museum celebrates the popular exhibitor of the hall:
VG Korolenko, a writer who wore a high title - "the conscience of the Russian land."

Journalism room

It is dedicated to the new, twentieth century.

The walls are "dotted" with the names of the newspapers, against their background - a rich, varied Odessa periodical and its famous creators - AM Deribas, KI Chukovsky,

The Odessa Literary Museum celebrates the popular exhibitor of the hall:
The first author of the myth of the Odessa character VM Doroshevich.

Hall of the 100th anniversary of Odessa

He tells about the changes in the literary Odessa for a hundred years and its impact on the revolution of 1905.

Hall of the Literary School

Describes the formation of the school of literature in the period of revolutions and the Civil War.

The main personalities of the audience are the "king of metaphor" Yu.K. Olesha, the poet-romantic E.G. Bagritsky, the master of the "effect of presence", the writer who knew how to stop the time, VPKataev.

Odessa Literary Museum notes a popular exhibit of the hall:
Poster cabinet with decrees and decrees of successive authorities.

The second hall of the literary school

Devoted to the authors of significant books of the twentieth century - I. Ilf and E. Petrov, L. Slavin, V. Inber, G. Shengeli, V. Sosyur, I. Babel and K. Paustovsky

Odessa Literary Museum notes a popular exhibit of the hall:
A bookcase without a single book. They will be written a little later, until their names - only on the glass cabinet. Old books burned to warm during the harsh winter ...

Theater and cinema hall

He narrates about "Hollywood on the Black Sea coast". So called the Odessa Film Factory VUFKU.

Work at the film factory Y. Yanovsky, M. Bazhana, the beginning of the creative path of the father of Ukrainian poetry cinema A. Dovzhenko.

The theatrical part of the exposition is represented, among other materials, by the fate of three playwrights - M. Kulish, I. Mikitenko, A. Korneichuk, who played different diametrically opposite roles in the fate of Ukrainian culture of the Soviet period.

"There is a city that I see in a dream"

About the prewar and postwar literature.

The Odessa Literary Museum marks a popular exhibit:
Show-windows of the hall are portholes of the ship.

Against the background of the title Odessa landscapes - the same authors that the visitor of the museum met during the exposition of the twentieth century, but already venerable, aged...

Hall of folklore

Describes the first days of literary Odessa.
Odessa was the "South Window to Europe", which is emphasized by imitating the windows of the hall.

Odessa Literary Museum notes the popular exhibits of the hall:
The first folk song
The first book by Charle Sicard
The first poem by PF B.

"The first vinogradnaya"

The name of the hall comes from the design, the walls are decorated with stucco molding in the form of a grapevine. Dedicated to the period of 1830 - 1840 years, the time of prose Odessa.

Among the authors are the first novelists who wrote about Odessa - Yakov Polonsky and Osip Rabinovich, Gan-Fadeeva, Lev Pushkin, Pyotr Viazemsky.

Odessa Literary Museum notes a popular exhibit of the hall:
A bookcase in the form of a cross, on both sides of which are the exhibition complexes of Vissarion Belinsky and Nikolai Gogol, conveying the explicit and secret side of literary work.

"The second vinogradnaya"

It is devoted to the literature of 1850 - 1860 years. He tells about the events of the Crimean War (1853-1856) and the related visit of Leo Tolstoy.

The post-war period is represented by the personalities of the great surgeon NI Pirogov, whose crowning achievement was the creation of the university.

Odessa Literary Museum notes a popular exhibit of the hall:
A bookcase with "forbidden literature," which, like Herzen and Ogarev's newspaper The Bell, penetrated the empire through the Odessa port.

The Hunters Room

Describes the lifetime publications and photographs of the first Nobel Prize winner in Russian literature.

AP Chekhov and AI Kuprin, whose fates intersected in Odessa in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Odessa Literary Museum notes a popular exhibit of the hall:
Round table with a lens from the apartment of the artist E. Bukovetsky, where I stayed for a long time IA Bunin

Literature of the Silver Age

Describes the flowering of new trends in Russian poetry and prose.

Arrivals princes of the "silver age" - L. Andreev, K. Balmont, N. Gumilev, and his great hooligans - V. Kamensky, D. Burliuk, V. Mayakovsky.

The Odessa Literary Museum celebrates the popular exhibitor of the hall:
A. Akhmatova, the greatest poet of the twentieth century, who was born in Odessa.

Congress of Soviet Writers

It expresses the main tendencies of Stalin's policy in literature, the absorption of literary organizations and circles in the 1920s ("Yugolef", "Streams of October", "Garth", "Plow"), the mainstream, uniformity and rank of socialist realism.

Odessa Literary Museum notes the popular exhibits of the hall:
Odessa literature of the mid-1920's-1930's. Is represented by the names of S. Kirsanov, S. Bondarin, T. Tess, S. Oleinik, N. Lurie, A. Batrova.

Arrival hall

It is dedicated to authors who came to Odessa in 1920 - 1930 - P. Tychina, Ostap Vishnya, B. Pilnyak, B. Lavrenev, I. Utkin, M. Svetlov, Musa Jalil, M. Rylsky.

The Odessa Literary Museum marks a popular exhibit:
The hall itself is decorated in the style of a train car.

The Civil War in Spain

Hall in mourning red and black color, photo collages of masters of Spanish painting. The exposition tells about the attempts of writers to prevent the coming world war.

The literature halls of the SWWar

In the three halls filled with military symbols reflecting the heroic defense, the occupation and liberation of Odessa - writers, military correspondents, writers-soldiers who took part in these events - K. Simonov, K. Paustovsky, G. Pozhenyan, G. Karev, members of the Odessa The branch of the Writers' Union - participants in the Great Patriotic War.


Odessa Literary Museum

A film about the creation of the Odessa Literary Museum


! Probably you will be interested:
⇒ Download (PDF) - A guide to the museum (1986 release)
⇒ Download (PDF) - Brochure Museum (1986 release)

Odessa Literary Museum Contacts

Address: Ukraine, Odessa, st. Lanzheronovskaya, 2

Phone: +38 (048) 722-33-70

Official site: museum-literature.odessa.ua

Operating mode

10:00 - 17:00
Closed: Monday
The sculpture garden works without days off in the summer from 10:00 to 21:00, in the winter from 10:00 to 17:00

Ticket price

Ticket: from 30 to 100 UAH. (Depending on the exposure)
Excursion: from 100 to 250 UAH. (Depending on the exposure)

A ticket to the sculpture garden: 55 UAH.
Entrance to the Sculpture Garden is NOT included in ODESSACARD

The ODESSACARD tourist card includes free admission to the main exposition of the Odessa Literary Museum, additional services are paid for separately, including the order of the guide in any languages.

Odessa Literary Museum with ODESSACARD