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Top Choice Museum in Staraya Russa

Dostoevsky House Museum

The author’s family lived on the 1st floor of this riverside dacha, which contains many original pieces. Dostoevsky’s bookcase is still stocked, and his desk has copies from his mazelike drafts – you can see his doo…
Museum in Staraya Russa

Museum of the Northwest Front

Ardent historians may want to check out this small museum dedicated to the local WWII effort.
Arts Centre in Staraya Russa

Dostoevsky Cultural Centre

This handsome little neoclassical building hosts temporary Dostoevsky-centric exhibitions; you can also arrange Russian-language tours of the town (R500, two hours). From here, it's just a short stroll to the gorgeo…
International in Staraya Russa


Offers a typical new-Russian menu that mixes pizza and sushi. The set meals of the latter are a reasonable deal – just don’t expect anything too authentic.
Russian in Staraya Russa

Kafe Sadko

Small portions of standard canteen Russian fare are served at this basic cafe facing the central square.
Art Gallery in Staraya Russa

Kartinnaya Gallery

On the grounds of an 12th-century monastery, this gallery ouses a noteworthy selection of paintings and scultpures of artists who spent time in Staraya Russa.
Museum in Staraya Russa

Regional Museum

This museum, offering the usual historical displays and religious relics, is housed in an attractive whitewashed 12th-century monastery; you can also see fragments from the church's original frescoes.A neighbouring …
Cafe in Staraya Russa


Cute little creperie dishing up all manners of bliny and other light meals. Set breakfasts from R50.
Church in Staraya Russa

Church of the Holy Martyr Mina

If you like your churches photogenically abandoned and seasoned with a dash of the fantastic, this one's for you. Legend has it that in the 17th century, Swedish invaders sought refuge in the church after a long day…