Ivan Michurin’s house is one of the best city museums. A small two-storey house is hiding in the far end of the garden not far from the riverbank. Ivan Michurin lived in this house from 1900 to 1935. The scientist designed his own house all by himself. It ended up being quite small for Michurin was a modest man under 160 cm tall. There are only four rooms on the dwelling floor – two of them are bedrooms. The ground floor is the utility one. All the things in the house are authentic including the tools and devices handmade by Michurin, his notes and simple household objects. A giant oak grows not far from the house. The scientist loved this tree dearly.
The story of Michurin buying the land for his future house and nursery is very interesting. In 1898, Ivan Michurin bought a cold wasteland cut by gullies and brooks. The average temperature here was 3-5 degrees lower than in town. That was exactly what the breeder needed. Just here and not on the rich Tambov black earth he cultivated his frost-resistant varieties that took roots in the North of Russia later.
There are several clocks in the house. Ivan Michurin knew the clockwork and loved repairing his clocks. Today all the clocks in the house indicate the same time – nine thirty. The date on the wall calendar hasn’t changed for many years – June, 7, 1935, the date and time of the researcher’s death.