MuseumsPaustovsky Museum

"A few words should be said of Chernomorskaya Street. I grew fond of that small marginal street and was sure that it is the most picturesque in the world" - wrote the famous Russian writer, Konstantin Paustovskyy.

Writers are often taken on trust, but it is worth checking this line when visiting the writer's museum located on this particular seaside street. K. Paustovskyy Museum - a branch of the Odessa Literature Museum - was founded in 1998 by admirers of the writer's works from the "World of Paustovskyy" municipal public organization-society. The museum is a whole world, but a special "Odessa" one. Times when the writer lived and worked in Odessa (1919 - 1921) are reflected in the unusual things present: furniture and a typewriter of the 1920s, a reading lamp, "Rumynka" stove, old copies of "Moryak" (a sailor's newspaper). The aura of the sea touches upon in the museum's yard with its copy of the Vorontsovskyy Lighthouse, geographical maps of the Black and Caspian Seas, Europe, fishing boats and even a bunch of dried gobies - Odessa's special fish! Paustovskyy's book-world intersects with the reality of the museum due to the editions of his books and its exhibits. A good idea is to use the audio support available for visitors, which includes readings and the real SOS signals transmitted by Morse device. It all helps transport guests into the pages of the Time of Big Expectations, one of the writer's most remarkable books. An area of the museum is dedicated to Konstantin Paustovskyy's personal things - manuscripts, photos and publications from when he worked in the editorial office of "Moryak", Paustovskyy's editorial certificate and a statute of the original literature club "Under the Apple Tree" - and items linked to the Odessa literary milieu of which Paustovskyy was a part (including writers likes Eduard Bagritskyy, Isaac Babel, Vera Inber, artist Kiriak Kostandi).

The museum's thematic displays are also interesting: "Paustovskyy and Ukraine" (Paustovskyy is the author of an important Taras Shevchenko book and is a descendant of Hetman Sagaydachnyy himself!); the "World reads Paustovskyy" collection (his books have been translated into more than 70 languages, the majority into Dutch, where he is known as "the first ecologist of Europe"). A large number of works and collections of the writer, (letters, scientific and research materials), children's literature (fairy tales), audio and video films, are kept in the museum vaults.