Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977), best known in America for the novel Lolita, was born and lived in this apartment until his 18th year. Judging from Nabokov's works, in which the author often describes his building in detail, it seems he had warm memories of his first home. When in exile, Nabokov lived in hotels or rented apartments in different cities but never owned his own home. When asked why he didn't want to settle into a permanent home, he would answer, "I
already have one in St. Petersburg." On view are family photos; the writer's drawings and various editions of his books; some of his belongings; and his collection of butterflies, which was previously kept at Harvard University. Visitors can watch a tape of a 1962 interview with Nabokov, in English.