A settlement at this location existed at least since the 15th century. The town status was granted to the settlement in 1777. During the Soviet era, however, Myshkin was stripped of its town status and became an urban-type settlement, but this has been reverted in 1991.
The town attracts a significant number of tourists usually arriving by river cruise ships. Myshkin retains architectural features characteristic for the 19th century Russia. It also features a number of museums. One of them is the unique Mouse Museum (the name of the town is derived from mysh ("мышь") meaning mouse in Russian), which however severely suffered from fire in January, 2007. There are also Museum of Valenki (valenki are Russian felt boots), ethnographical museum, art gallery, and more.
Bumbling 'Idiot'? David Schwimmer Plays Prince Myshkin with Grace, Unfortunately This Dead Adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 'The Idiot' Can't Back Him Up
May 22, 1998; Byline: Jack Helbig Daily Herald Correspondent "The Idiot" - Mini-review: David Schwimmer gives an inspired performance; too bad...