Veliky Novgorod


  Yuryevskoe shosse      (+7) 8162 79 21 50     more than a year ago
It is well worth making the short journey out of town to visit this excellent open air museum of old Slavic wooden architecture. Usually only about half of the 20 or so buildings are open at any one time which is more than enough to get an idea of what life in an ancient Russian village was like. There are various centuries old wooden churches which were moved from villages in the region and rebuilt on site, old izbas (log cabins), farmhouses and even an old Russian banya (bath house). The museum workers (mostly older men and women) lovingly tend to their allotted houses dressed in traditional clothing which really adds to the atmosphere of the place. Down by the lake there is a small café and exhibition halls showing more artefacts from traditional country life. Local holidays such as City Day and Maslenitsa (shrove Tuesday) are often celebrated here. To get there take bus number 7. It takes about 20 minutes.


September - AprilOpen 10:00 – 18:00, May – August Open 10:00 – 20:00.

Price/Additional Info

Admission 100 - 250Rbl. Excursions should be booked in advance.


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It's a nice day out - but choose a really bright day. Most of the old houses were just closed barns with a living 'loft' at one end. Not a lot of light inside for pictures when it's gloomy.
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