The Kozlova Zaseka Museum is a reconstructed railway station of the late 19th
century. Now the historical railway station is used for its intended purpose, that is, it allows servicing passengers of the Moscow Railway and performing freight train operations. This means that tourists can get to Kozlovaya Zaseka from Tula, Moscow, and Orel, using the railways exclusively. In this case, one should mind the current name of the station, Yasnaya Polyana. One also can get to this place by car through the Tula village of Skuratovo or take a minibus number 35.
We recommend to add the Kozlova Zaseka Museum to routes that include a workshop on baking the traditional Tula gingerbread at the Honey Traditions Confectionery Factory and tours to the legendary Leo Tolstoy Museum-Estate Yasnaya Polyana.
The Kozlova Zaseka Museum and Railway Station Complex was built to make its guests feel the atmosphere that prevailed at railway stations in the 19th century. This became possible in 2001, as the board of the Moscow Railway collaborated with the employees of the Museum-Estate Yasnaya Polyana to carry out a historical reconstruction of the railway station.
Initially, the railway station, built in 1864, included only the stationmaster’s premises, ticket offices, and a waiting room, but the platform acquired a neat design, a luggage compartment, and a cellar in the early 20th century. From here, Leo Tolstoy and his family members traveled to Moscow. Letters addressed to the author came here. Famous guests of Tolstoy like Strakhov, Repin, Shishkin, etc. disembarked at the Kozlova Zaseka station. In 1910, the funeral train with Leo Tolstoy’s body arrived at Kozlova Zaseka from the Astapovo station.
Today the Kozlova Zaseka Station-Museum harbors stories about the author, and items of railway workers and passengers from the times of the Russian Empire. Guests can explore the exposition with the Leo Tolstoy Railway Tour. The station complex has a buffet, a souvenir shop, and a historical costume rental service. Dressed in 19th century travel suits, guests can take photographs that will be difficult to distinguish from pre-revolutionary ones. Well-groomed grounds, benches, wooden fences, and wrought decorative elements will enhance this effect.