The Bulgakov house
NTV - 20.05.2006 - 18:09
The Bulgakov house in Moscow organises excursions in the city of The Master and Margarita. In this news item the news channel NTV presents their dramatized excursions. As you can see the participants meet on their way characters like Annushka and the decapitated Berlioz. The excursion is lead by Igor Kozlov, a guide of the Bulgakov house and a perfect Koroviev look-alike.
In Bolshaya Sadovaya number 10 are two competing museums, and they both claim to be the keepers of Bulgakov's spirit.
The first museum - the Bulgakov house - is situated at the first floor, next to the entrance of the building. It is driven by the almost fanatic enthusiasm of a rather young team which takes quite some initiatives like the organisation of Bulgakov excursions (during the day and at night), the management of the Café 302-bis and the development of a theatre for children. There also organise many cultural events in and around the museum. A peculiar detail: the storage room of the Bulgakov house, and the workshop of its childrens' theatre are situated in apartment number 51, right in front of the entrance of the notorious apartment number 50, where live their rivals.
The other museum - the Museum Mikhail Bulgakov - is indeed situated in apartment number 50 where Bulgakov used to live for a couple of years, and where several scenes of The Master en Margarita are enacted. The exhibition rooms of the Bulgakov foundation look a little empty and are set up with few imagination. The team behind the foundation shows less dynamism than the neighbours of the Bulgakov house but they do have a competitive advantage: they can show an official recognition as a museum from the city of Moscow.