The Ivan Jadan Museum is located in Cruz Bay on the island of St. John. It is centered around the life of Ivan Jadan, a Russian tenor who fled Stalin’s persecution in 1941 and settled in the United States. He lived there for many years before retiring to St. John with his wife. Today, he is regarded as one of the great tenors of the 20th century and was also an influential human rights’ activist. In this regard, he was influenced by atrocities and injustices he witnessed in Stalin’s USSR and fought to make sure the truth about life there was known to the world at large. Sometimes, you might see his name written as Ivan Zhadan.
Ivan Jadan lived 94 years, and many artifacts related to his life (over 5,000) now reside at this museum in wonderful Cruz Bay. The unique collection includes books and CDs in both English and Ivan’s native Russian, as well as historical documents and photographs. Its convenient location in Cruz Bay makes it easy to find and access. In order to visit the museum, you must first make an appointment.