House on the Embankment

House on the Embankment

The Museum is temporarily closed

In April 2017, the House on the Embankment Museum became a department of the GULAG History Museum.

It is situated in so-called Government House that was built at the beginning of the 1930s according to the project of the architect Boris Iofan. He designed not only the residential house but also a unique autonomous complex in the style of the late constructivism. Apart from 505 flats, it included a club, a cinema, a library, an outpatient clinic, a kindergarten, a nursery, a canteen, a hair salon, a food store, a manufactured goods store, a bank, a gym, and a mechanical laundry. 

Outstanding military leaders, heroes, writers, academicians, party and government functionaries, and Comintern officers used to live in this House that belonged to the Central Executive Committee and the Council of People’s Commissars.

During the Great Terror, more than 800 out of almost 3,000 high-ranking dwellers of the House were repressed.

House on the Embankment
Inner court of House on the Embankment

The House on the Embankment Museum was established on 12 November 1989 on the initiative of one of the oldest dwellers of the house – Tamara Andreyevna Ter-Yegiazaryan. The Museum got premises on the first floor of the building in the former apartment of the head of an entrance hall’s security service.

In 1992, the Ministry of Culture of the RSFSR assigned the title of honor People’s Museum to it.

In the middle of 1998, the Decree of the Government of Moscow stipulated that the Museum was to be reorganized into a Municipal Museum of Regional Studies governed by the Administration 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.

Moscow, Serafimovicha St, 2
House on the Embankment site