Commemoration Day

9 February 2022 - 141 anniversary of the writer's death

Life broadcast

13.00 Laying of flowers on Dostoevsky’s grave. Necropolis for Masters of the Arts, St Alexander Nevsky Monastery (Lavra) (Alexander Nevsky Square, 1)
15.00 Memorial service at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Vladimir (Vladimirsky prospekt, 20)

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Life broadcast: youtube-channel of the Dostoevsky Museum


February 5 - 28

J.L.Runeberg’s Home-Museum, Porvoo (Finland)

J.L.Runeberg’s Home (Museum), Porvoo
F.M.Dostoevsky Museum, Saint Petersburg

Exhibition Dostoevsky-200. Color as You Please. The Dostoevsky Bicentennial
at the Runeberg Museum in Porvoo

February 5 – 28, 2022

On February 5, Finland celebrates Runeberg Day in honor of the national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg, author of the words to the country’s national anthem, Vårt Land / Maamme (“Our Land”). The Runeberg Museum is located in the city of Porvoo in the house where the poet lived with his wife, Fredrika, also a writer. One of Finland’s oldest literature museums, it preserves the atmosphere of the 1860s, the era when Fyodor Dostoevsky created his most significant works.

On Runeberg Day the exhibition Dostoevsky-200. Color as You Please. The Dostoevsky Bicentennial opened at the Runeberg Museum in Porvoo, organized in collaboration with the Dostoevsky Museum.

The exhibition is divided into two parts. A biographical part presents the most important episodes from Dostoevsky’s life and work using digital copies of 19th-century lithographs, woodblock prints, and photographs from the Dostoevsky Museum’s and the Literary museum of the Institute of Russian Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences, collections.

An interactive part — Coloring Dostoevsky — allows visitors to color in Dostoevsky’s outfits and those of his characters based on given quotations. Visitors will learn not only about the fashions of the time, but also about Dostoevsky’s personal habits and his heroes’ tastes. The playful aspect of the exhibition allows us to look at the writer’s works a bit more freely, and the opportunity to engage with the texts as co-creators shifts the angle from which we view them.

Authors of the project: Vera Biron (Russia). Cooperation partner, Susanna Widgeskog (Finland)
Artists (designers):
The part “F.M.Dostoevsky. Life and Work”: Arkady Opochansky
The part “Coloring Dostoevsky”: Igor Knyazev, Nika Velegzhaninova

Adress of the Runeberg Museum: Porvoo, Aleksanterinkatu 3

Runeberg Museum website:




through March 14, 2022

St. Michael's Castle (Sadovaya Str. 2)

The Dostoevsky Bicentennial Exposition

I Am Dostoevsky

November 13, 2021 - March 14, 2022, St. Michael's Castle (St. Petersburg, Sadovaya Str., 2)

For an exposition on the occasion of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s bicentennial, St. Michael’s Castle — where the writer spent his first years in St. Petersburg — is the perfect venue.

In January 1838, in accordance with his father’s wishes, Dostoevsky entered the Academy of Military Engineers, which was housed in St. Michael’s (then known as the Engineers’ Castle). After completing the “full academic course he entered active service in the Corps of Engineers,” serving for about a year in the Main Engineering Department, also located here. He resigned in 1844, writing, “I’m as sick of the service as I am of potatoes. I resigned. Just because. They take away your best time for nothing. I can’t enjoy life.” He had lived in this shadowy, mysterious space for about seven years, virtually never leaving it for the first three. There is no other place in St. Petersburg that Dostoevsky was connected to for so long. He was 23 years old.

He had already chosen his path in life. A year later, St. Petersburg greeted his literary debut, the novel Poor Folk. Dostoevsky was suddenly the talk of the town: “Well, brother, I don’t think my fame will ever reach these heights again. Everywhere there is incredible respect, an awful curiosity about me.”

Dostoevsky was mistaken: his fame and notoriety and the interest generated by his work only grow with each passing year. Today, the whole world is talking about him.

The exhibits that form the core of this exposition are taken from an imagined “ideal museum” of works of art which were particularly iconic for Dostoevsky throughout his life. He never missed an exhibition in St. Petersburg and visited all the most prominent museums and galleries in Europe, and he knew by heart the collections of the Old Masters Gallery in Dresden, the Palazzo Pitti, and the Uffizi Gallery. The list of works that he admired is quite long: Claude Lorrain’s landscapes, the Gates of Paradise in Florence, Sebastiano del Piombo’s Saint Agatha, Pompeo Batoni’s Penitent Magdalene, and Raphael’s Sistine Madonna, which Dostoevsky considered a true masterpiece.

It would be impossible to put together an exhibition featuring all of Dostoevsky’s “picks”: most of his favorite works of art are kept in various European museums. The exposition features copies of some of them, made by great master copyists of the 19th century. Visitors will be able to view not only works that Dostoevsky himself knew well, but also paintings which reflect his artistic vision and the worlds inhabited by his characters.

Dostoevsky’s attitude towards art, his writings about painting, and his reflections on the way artists should express their visual perceptions help us to better understand his creative process. The goal of this exposition is to provide a substantive visual representation of Dostoevsky’s inner creative life through his appreciation of painting.

The exhibits also include objects which belonged to Dostoevsky — rare items provided by the Pushkin House Literary Museum and the Dostoevsky Museum of St. Petersburg.

For the first time in St. Petersburg, the exposition features the book most valued by Dostoevsky — a copy of the gospels which he received as a gift in Siberia. He cherished it his entire life, and it was the last book he held in his hands before his death.

The exposition is accompanied by an audio tour featuring an actor playing Dostoevsky who explains the logic behind the selection of images on display.

Participants of the project

State Russian Museum
F.M.Dostoevsky Literary-Memorial Museum
Russian State Library
State Tretyakov Gallery
State Hermitage
Literary museum of the Institute of Russian Literature (the Pushkin House) RAS
Scientific Research Museum of the Academy of Arts
State Museum of the History of St Petersburg
State Literary Museum (Moscow)
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Kunstmuseum Basel
Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore - Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (Florence)

Visitors must present a ticket for entry to the exposition, which is open during the normal hours of operation of St. Michael’s Castle 



From 30 October 2021, Russian citizens over the age of 18 can only enter the museum on presentation of a Russian-issued QR code (QR code confirming you have been vaccinated or QR code confirming you have recovered from a coronavirus infection or a document confirming medical contraindications for vaccination). 

With respect to those who are not citizens of the Russian Federation, receipt of the first and/or second vaccine component or single-component vaccine can be confirmed by a document issued by an authorized medical organization. Foreign citizens must also provide a document confirming their identity (foreign passport).

Opening hours

Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun: from 11.00 until 18.00
Wed: from 13.00 until 20.00
Last admission 30 min. before the museum closure
Museum closed on Mondays


Adult admission: 250 RUB
School pupils, students, retirees admission: 100 RUB
Children under 7 years: 0 RUB


Russian: 200 RUB
English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Chinese: 300 RUB

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