More than 150 years ago, the history of the Russian State Library began with Pashkov House.

In the most beautiful classic building of the capital, even today you can study ancient manuscripts, view geographical maps and listen to music. Built in the 18th century, the Pashkov House keeps a memory of the most interesting episodes of Russian history. An exceptional opportunity for students and schoolchildren to touch history ...


 In 1862, the Pashkov House housed the collections and library of the Rumyantsev Museum, named after its founder, State Chancellor, Count Nikolai Petrovich Rumyantsev. His collection of manuscript and printed books marked the beginning of the history of the Russian State Library.
 Pashkov’s house is famous not only for Rumyantsev’s name: here Leo Tolstoy pondered “War and Peace”, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky independently received a university education, and philosopher Nikolai Fedorov worked as an ordinary librarian. But even without these glorious names, the Pashkov House is attractive to all connoisseurs of the beautiful due to its architectural originality and unique location. The most beautiful building in Moscow has a long history and is full of legends, the most famous of which is associated with the library of Ivan the Terrible. Today, the Pashkov House is open to readers of the Russian State Library and participants in cultural programs and concerts.