Dedicated to the life of the man behind War and Peace and Anna Karenina, this is a reverential place packed with personal and literary material. A complex and conflicted individual, the exhibits trace his life from childhood to death and the emergence of his major works. Easy to follow due to some great carded English translations, this is a good introduction to Tolstoy's life. The museum has a few branches. Lev Tolstoy Memorial Estate in Khamovniki at ul. Lva Tolstogo 21 is a must-visit. This is the house where Tolstoy and his family lived after leaving his family estate and moving to Moscow in the 1881. It has been kept in pristine condition. You almost expect them to come inside and sit down to dinner or Sofia Tolstaya to serve tea from the samovar or to see Leo stomping up the staircase to his study to write a few more pages of War and Peace. This place makes clear how the family spent their time, including displays and exhibits of the shoes that Tolstoy made himself.