Yasnaya Polyana Center for Research and Culture is found in the historical center of Zarechye District, right at the intersection of Oktyabrskaya street and Lunacharskogo streets (formerly Millionnaya and Georgievskaya), in buildings constructed at the end of the 18th century and still retaining the features of Classicism characteristic of the Russian city estate. These architectural monuments were previously in municipal ownership and were not historically associated with Leo Tolstoy.
The idea of founding a center for research and culture in Tula occurred in 1994 after Vladimir Tolstoy took over as Director of the Yasnaya Polyana Museum Estate. In 1996, a tourism department was created in the Center for Research and Culture, which is engaged in the organization of tourism and advertising and exhibition activities. In September 1997, the Yasnaya Polyana Gallery opened that exhibited artwork by Oleg Tolstoy. A year later, on the 170th anniversary of Leo Tolstoy’s birthday, the All Arts Salon and the Yasnaya Polyana Bookshop were established. At present, it also houses the Yasnaya Polyana Publishing House and the resource center of the Association of Museum Workers.