Museum of City Life
This brand-new museum filling six rooms of a former merchant’s house illustrates just why 19th-century Irkutsk was nicknamed the ‘Paris...
Dismantled and carted off for renovation in late 2007, Irkutsk’s second Decembrist house-museum was expected to make a comeback in late...
City History Museum
Relocated in 2011 from its former far-flung location to the interior of one of Irkutsk’s most impressive central edifices, the City...
You’ll smell this place before you see it as Irkutsk’s unpretentious microbrewery-pub creates its own Pilsner Urquell lager, pumping out...
Poznaya Sytny Ryad
Irkutsk’s most appealing cheap pozi joint is in a primly faux-rural timber house surrounded by the disarray of the market area.
Lonely Planet review
The well-preserved home of Decembrist Count Sergei Volkonsky, whose wife Maria Volkonskaya cuts the main figure in Christine Sutherland’s unputdownable book The Princess of Siberia, is a small mansion set in a scruffy courtyard with stables, a barn and servant quarters. In the decade leading up to the Volkonskys return to St Petersburg in 1856, the house was the epicentre of Irkutsk cultural life, with balls, musical soirées and parties attended by wealthy merchants and the governor of Eastern Siberia himself. Today the slightly over-renovated downstairs piano room, upstairs photo exhibition – including portraits of Maria and other women who romantically followed their husbands and lovers into exile – and other displays of everyday objects used by the family tell the story of their time in Irkutsk.