Museums Tour (Self Guided), Kazan

Kazan has served as a cultural crossroads of many regions, providing it with amazing architecture and places of interest. It features several fascinating museums you will surely enjoy. Take the following tour to discover Kazan’s charming history and cultural roots.
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Museums Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums Tour
Guide Location: Russia » Kazan (See other walking tours in Kazan)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.8 Km or 4.8 Miles
Author: karenl
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Arbuzov Memorial House
  • Lenin Memorial House
  • State Museum of Fine Arts
  • Gorky Museum
  • Museum of Kazan Millennium Anniversary
  • Museum of History of Kazan University
  • National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan
  • Gabdulla Tukay Literary Museum
Arbuzov Memorial House

1) Arbuzov Memorial House

Arbuzov Memorial House, located in a mid-19th century wooden mansion of a merchant, was opened to the public in 1971 as a memorial museum of academician A.E. Arbuzov, the Russian founder of organic chemistry. The house has remained unchanged since the Arbuzov family lived here from the end of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th centuries. Furniture, a library, paintings, photographs, correspondences, scientific articles, original documents and more can be found in this fascinating museum.
Lenin Memorial House

2) Lenin Memorial House (must see)

Opened in 1937 in the house where the Ulyanovs had lived from 1888 to 1889, the Lenin Memorial House is one of Kazan’s oldest museums and a typical example of a wooden mansion of the late 19th century. Much of its interior and exterior has been renovated, though its amazing garden retains its original beauty. Located in the city’s historic central district, the museum hosts exhibitions and events dedicated to life of Lenin during his first political exile, including photographs, documentary material and books.
State Museum of Fine Arts

3) State Museum of Fine Arts (must see)

Founded in 1958, the State Museum of Fine Arts has one of the largest art collections in Russia. Located in the former domain of Kazan’s Commander-in-Chief, on the bank of the Volga, its collection of classical Russian paintings is magnificent. With over 21,000 paintings, drawings and sculptures, many tourists are eager to visit this museum and discover its treasures.
Gorky Museum

4) Gorky Museum

Opened in 1940, this literary museum is dedicated to the life of Maxim Gorky, including his creative and social practices, his period abroad and his friendship with Shalyapin. Rebuilt in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, it was the city’s first literary museum. Located in a two-story building, it contains many fascinating exhibits of photographs and various memorabilia.
Museum of Kazan Millennium Anniversary

5) Museum of Kazan Millennium Anniversary

Situated in the Kazan National Cultural Center, this museum was opened on August 25, 2005, on the eve of Kazan’s millennium anniversary commemoration. It features a rich collection pertaining to the city’s cultural heritage over time. This museum’s multitude of unique exhibits is what sets it apart from others.
Museum of History of Kazan University

6) Museum of History of Kazan University

The Museum of History of Kazan University, founded in 1979, is located in the university’s former church. Consisting of three sections dedicated to the history of one of Russia’s oldest and largest universities, it also contains a memorial museum, a lecture hall where Lenin used to study. It contains over 20,000 documents, photographs and manuscripts.
National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan

7) National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan (must see)

Founded in 1895 as the City Public Museum, the National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan is an architectural and historical monument of Russia. Based on archaeologist A.F. Likhachev’s private collection of 40,000 items from the 1890s, today its contains over 800,000 pieces, including a unique ethnographic exhibition of national costumes, household items and a great collection of stuffed animals.
Gabdulla Tukay Literary Museum

8) Gabdulla Tukay Literary Museum

The Gabdulla Tukay Literary Museum, dedicated to the famous Tatar poet and one of the founders of Tatar literature and the modern Tatar language, was founded in 1986 in the Shamil House. One of the most interesting constructions of the old Tatar settlement, its collection includes household items, photographs, newspapers and magazines, as well as a variety of personal effects and documents from people in the poet’s life.

Walking Tours in Kazan, Russia

Create Your Own Walk in Kazan

Create Your Own Walk in Kazan

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kazan is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kazan Introduction Walking Tour

Kazan Introduction Walking Tour

Kazan’s diverse cultural heritage, heavily inspired by the creativity of such well-known figures as Gorky and Shalyapin, also has a significant influence on the surrounding regions. Take the following tour to explore the traditions of this highly developed cultural center of Russia.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Kazan's Architectural Jewels

Kazan's Architectural Jewels

Kazan’s architectural splendors make for an enchanting experience to visitors of this historic city. Its most significant landmarks are located in the center of the city, including the famous Qolsharif Mosque and Söyembikä Tower. Discover Kazan’s most popular architectural attractions in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Kazan Mosques Tour

Kazan Mosques Tour

The beautiful city of Kazan sees a greater number of tourists each year. Famous for its amazing mosques with stunning minarets and Muslim architecture, the following tour will lead you to the city’s most significant ones.

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.9 Km or 6.2 Miles
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

Kazan’s religious traditions have evolved from primitive paganism to Christianity and Islam. Orthodox Christianity rapidly spread throughout the city in the middle of the 16th century and various nationalities, including Russians, Mordovins, Maris and and some Tatars, converted. Take this tour to discover Kazan’s most amazing churches.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles