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Zinoviev-Yusupov chambers

The International Numismatic Club Museum is located in a historical building of the 17th century, Zinoviev-Yusupov chambers. It is the oldest house of the district, the only large stone chambers north of Prechistenka.
During the tour, you will learn that the Zinoviev family owned this site for more than 100 years, until Irina Mikhaylovna Yusupova, the granddaughter of Pyotr Zinoviev, sold the estate to Count Andrey Ivanovich, great-grandfather of Leo Tolstoy, in 1774. Then, after several resales, it was rented at the end of the 18th century.
With the help of additional illustrative material, which includes not only portraits of the owners of the chambers, but also ancient maps, archival materials, you will see how the chambers themselves have changed throughout the centuries. After all, in the 19th century, the house was rebuilt into an empire mansion with a mezzanine, in the 1860s it was remade in the form eclecticism, popular back then, and by the end of the century the third floor had been constructed, and the decoration of the facades once again had been changed.
At the end of the 20th century, the house came to total destruction. It was only in 2010 that the restoration of the building began, and it was completed in early 2012. For this work, the Center of Traditional Culture “Preobrazhenskoye” won the first prize at the competition “Moscow Restoration” in 2012 in the nomination “For the best restoration project”. Since 2015, the building has been housing the International Numismatic Club Museum.

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This site belonged to the Zinovievs since 1649. In 1685, the stolnik Peter Zinoviev built stone chambers on the place of the burnt wooden house using the granted 50 rubles, and over 100 years, up to 1755, the representatives of the Zinoviev family were the owners of this house. The granddaughter of Peter Zinoviev - Irina Mikhailovna (1718-1788) married Peter's midshipman Boris Yusupov (1695 — 1759) in 1734. At the end of the 18th century, the house belonged to Count Andrey Ivanovich Tolstoy, great-grandfather of Leo Tolstoy. Since the 1770s, the manor belonged to A.P. Galakhov, E.B. Saltykova, N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov, V.A. Molchanova, E.A. Yazvitsyna.
The last owner of this house before the revolution was Alexander Andreevich Bers (Leo Tolstoy’s brother-in-law). He was a real state councilor, head of the city of Batumi, vice-governor of Oryol, and he served in the Land Bank in Moscow.
After the revolution, there was the house of the cooperative housing association, where the following people lived: academician-pathophysiologist A. A. Bogomolets, a scientist-microbiologist, who was the first to obtain the samples of penicillin in the USSR, the composer N. Ya. Myaskovskiy.
In 2010, the restoration of the building began and it was completed in early 2012. For this work, the Center of Traditional Culture “Preobrazhenskoye” (project manager — architect Tatyana Borisova) received the first prize at the competition “Moscow Restoration” in 2012 in the nomination “For the best restoration project.” Since 2015, the chambers have been housing the International Numismatic Club Museum, and its founder, Vagit Yusufovich Alekperov, was awarded the Phoenix Prize for assistance in the preservation of architectural monuments and their adaptation to modern use on December 15, 2015 in St. Petersburg within the framework of the IV International of the Cultural Forum.

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During the tour, you will learn about the history of the chambers, its owners, and you will also see a short documentary about the reconstruction of the building and the halls of the museum on the ground floor, which have not yet been opened for a wide audience.

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