Music & Time

Top choice in Yaroslavl

Every object has a voice in this little house containing the late magician John Mostoslavsky’s impressive collection of clocks, musical instruments (harmoniums, a loud hurdy-gurdy), bells and gramophones – one of the most eclectic museum experiences in the Golden Ring. Guides (some of whom speak English) turn each tour into a concert by playing many of these items, which have been preserved in working condition. Downstairs is a huge collection of hot irons from centuries past and other antique artefacts.

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2. Church of Elijah the Prophet

0.24 MILES

The exquisite church that dominates Sovetskaya pl was built by some prominent local fur dealers in 1650. It has some of the Golden Ring’s brightest…

3. History of Yaroslavl Museum

0.27 MILES

This museum is in a lovely house built in 1894 by a local merchant. The main exhibit recounts the history of Yaroslavl through many artefacts from the…

4. Ploshchad Volkova


The massive gate-shaped Vlasyevskaya Watchtower (1659) combined with the Church of the Sign loom over this square named after Fyodor Volkov, who founded…

6. Annunciation Cathedral

0.61 MILES

The city’s main cathedral originally dated from 1215, but was blown up by the Bolsheviks in 1937. What you see now is a modern replica erected for…

7. Treasures of Yaroslavl Exhibition

0.61 MILES

Yaroslavl's most valued artefacts are on display here inside the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, including gold icons and jewellery of…

8. Cathedral of the Transfiguration

0.65 MILES

This 16th-century cathedral (built 1516) is the oldest free-standing building in Yaroslavl; inside are beautiful frescoes from the time of its…