The Romanov Boyars Chambers – that’s how the museum situated on Varvarka, the street with a view of the demolished Rossiya Hotel is called. In fact it’s included in the complex of the very old buildings. Among them one can find the church after which the street was named, the Old English Court, and the former ancient male monastery.
In these Chambers as they say, the first of the Romanov dynasty Mikhail Fyodorovich was born. The museum depicts the typical way of life of Russian noblemen of the 17th century. The first floor was for men, and contained the office of the host, the room of the older sons, the dining room, and the library. The second floor was for women, here they did their needlework, raised the children, and… were melancholy. At that time women were very lonely and lived like hermits, while their husbands worked and went hunting.
There I have that special feeling, you can sense the antiquity and you want to turn back time. Nowadays it’s very hard to imagine their life, and such museums help dive into that atmosphere, even though unfortunately there are not many things which really belonged to boyars.
I guess that slight melancholy is a typical feeling here, almost in the very heart of the city, among ancient churches, with all those beautiful flowers in the backyard. Time passes, but history remains.
P.S. Remember it doesn’t open on the 1st Monday of the month and the ticket office always closes 1 hour earlier.