The artist Ilya Repin's museum-mansion


Nowadays Repin’s estate, The Penates, has become one of few museums which not only houses many of the talented artist’s works, but also preserve the atmosphere of what life was like for creative intellectuals at the beginning of the 20th century.

Repino, a beautiful village named in honour of famous Russian artist Ilya Efimovich Repin, lies on the Karelian Isthmus, on the coast of the Finnish Gulf. In 1899 Repin purchased a plot of land where he would live in a small house on the bank of the Finnish Gulf. The area’s sandy dunes, beaches and pine tree park remain some of the most beloved places around for people to rest and relax. Nowadays Repin’s estate, The Penates, has become one of few museums which not only houses many of the talented artist’s works, but also preserve the atmosphere of what life was like for creative intellectuals at the beginning of the 20th century.