The Romanov Boyars Chambers is the only museum in Russia that gives an insight into Moscow boyars’ daily life. Located in the family estate of tsar Mikhail Feodorovich (the first Romanov), the chambers are about 500 years old.
If you think that Moscow boyars (wealthy noblemen) all lived in mansions, you will be surprised! In fact, the chambers occupy just several small rooms with low ceilings and narrow corridors. The rooms include the living area, the dining room, the study, the sewing room, etc. You may also be surprised to find that the wife and children actually lived in sort of ‘seclusion’ — on the third floor, while the boyar himself occupied the second.
Even though small, the rooms are very beautifully decorated. The old mirrors, portraits, and furniture are beautiful and expensive, and many of the household items are authentic, too.
The museum is located in Varvarka street (Kitai-gorod metro station), in a 10-minute walk from St. Basil’s Cathedral.
Recently renovated, it charges visitors 350 rubles as an entrance fee and offers descriptions in English and other languages.
The museum is unique and definitely worth a visit! Come here to see the amazing historic artefacts of Russian boyars’ life you will not see anywhere else!