The memorial of the leader of the world proletariat Vladimir Ulyanov-Lenin in his homeland in Ulyanovsk is a complex of several buildings. It includes the Memorial Museum of V.I. Lenin, V. Lenin’s House Museum, the House Where Lenin was Born, the Ulyanovs’ Apartment-Museum. This is the largest of all the expositions existing in Russia, dedicated to the professional and personal life of the revolutionary. Its main value is that more than 70 percent of the exhibits are original.
The building of the Memorial Museum of V.I. Lenin, built in 1970 to the leader’s centenary celebration, has become the emblem of the city. It houses a museum, lecture halls and a concert hall. The museum in this building is dedicated not only to Lenin, but to the whole city of Simbirsk. The exposition begins with the diorama of the city of the XIX century. Here you can also see the mock-ups of the city houses visited by the revolutionary, and a mosaic panel "Liberation of Simbirsk". The exposition devoted to Lenin himself, consists of four thousand exhibits! This is the world’s greatest collection, reflecting the whole life of Vladimir Ulyanov as a person, a politician and a scientist. Among the most impressive exhibits are the outdoor ruby map of the USSR and a five-meter-high sculpture of Lenin made from white Ural marble.
V. Lenin’s House Museum is the country’s first museum of the founder of the Soviet state. This house, owned by the Ulyanovs family, was granted the status of a museum in 1928-1929. It is here where the father of the future revolutionary, the educator Ilya Ulyanov worked, where the boy Volodya Ulyanov went to the gymnasium together with his brothers and sisters, and where news were obtained about awarding a gold medal to Alexander, a biology student. After the death of the family head and the execution of Lenin’s elder brother Alexander, the Ulyanovs sold the house and left the city. Lenin's close people, his brother Dmitri, sisters Anna and Maria, as well as the family friends, assisted in turning the house into a museum. All of them helped to recreate the typical environment in which the future leader of the world proletariat grew. This house is an example of a typical provincial manor of the second half of the 19th century, with a park and garden area, children's playgrounds and household buildings.
The House Where Lenin was Born is an outbuilding in possession of the Simbirsk householder Alexandra Pribylovskaya on the former Streletskaya Street (now - the Square of the 100th Anniversary of Vladimir Lenin). The Ulyanovs took up their residence here in 1869. This happened immediately after reassignment of the housefather, Ilya Nikolaevich, from Nizhny Novgorod to Simbirsk. Here they lived a year, during which Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov was born. Only in the second half of the twentieth century it was found that this event occurred exactly in this house. The exposition of the museum is located on two floors: the first floor contains a documentary exhibition, and the second floor - a household one. The museum allows to picture how the Simbirsk intellectual-educator and his large family lived in the 1870s. This building is conditionally original: during the construction of the memorial it was dismantled and rebuilt on a new foundation, slightly moved to the east.
The Ulyanovs’ Apartment Museum is a house on the former Streletskaya Street, which was rented by the family of a future revolutionary in 1871-1875. The first floor houses an exhibition dedicated to the Ulyanovs’ life in Simbirsk and to the pedagogical and public life of Ilya Nikolaevich Ulyanov. The second floor presents the recreated living conditions, in which almost all the children of the Ulyanovs grew up and the youngest son, Dmitri, was born. Here you can see the furniture, books and personal belongings of the Uylanovs.