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Art and pedagogical toy museum of Russian academy of Education

Sergiev Posad has a long history of toy-making and is considered to be the capital of the toy kingdom. The Russian matryoshka known all over the world was born here.
The toy museum represents the history of Russian toy, illustrates stages of matryoshka development, stylistic processes in toy making. On display are works of professional artists and folk craftsmen from all traditional matryoshka regions. The first Russian matryoshka created by S. Malyutin is a part of the museum’s collection, which includes more than 100 thousands toys in total.

matreshkas toy museum sergiev posadThe story said that folk crafts painter Sergey Malyutin saw a set of Japanese wooden dolls representing seven Gods of Fortune. The set of wooden dolls comprised gods’ figures of decreasing size placed one inside the other. Malyutin were inspired by the toy and he created its Russian version in 1890. The Malyutin’s toy, named matryoshka, consisted of 8 dolls: the outermost was a woman holding a rooster, 7 inner dolls were her children, the innermost – a bundled baby. The word “matryoshka” (Rus: матрёшка) is a diminutive form of the common Russian female name “Matryona”, that come from the Latin root mater for mother.

In 1900, matryoshka was presented at the World Exhibition in Paris and earned a bronze medal. Soon artists from different regions of Russia started making matryoshka and eventually made nested dolls a symbol and souvenir of Russia.


matreshkas sergiev posadOpening hours:

Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Closed Mon, Tue.
Closed last Friday of each month.

Admission fee:
150 rub
Permission to take photos 100 rub


To get to the Toy Museum:
123, Krasnoy Armii av. (Rus: Просп. Красной Армии, д. 123)

Gps coordinates:
Latitude: 56°18′38.70″ N (56.31075);
Longitude: 38°07′58.95″ E (38.13304)

The toy museum is located just south of the Trinity Lavra, in a red brick building on the hilltop.



Other Sergiev Posad attractions:


The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, a unique monastery complex and the spiritual center of Russian Orthodox Christianity.




5 thoughts on “Art and pedagogical toy museum of Russian academy of Education

  1. Anjali Sharma

    Do you do any activities like doll paintings for kids and adults. Pls suggest. Am traveling with my family in third week of June. Thanks

    1. russia

      The museum offers doll making lessons. However, they are in Russian language.It is better to go there with an interpreter or an english-speaking guide.

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  3. lutgarda van dooren

    good afternoon… from Spain… I am looking to find out the e.mail address of Masha and Lena Dmitrievy.
    I will buy matrioshkas for my store in Spain and can not find contact.
    Can you help me?

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