Kizhi State Open-Air Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography, Kizhi
(4.8/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
See the jewels of Karelian wood architecture and learn about local traditions at Kizhi State Open-Air Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography. Located on Kizhi Island on Lake Onega, the open-air museum houses more than 80 historic structures, such as churches, houses, and mills. The highlight of the collection is the Kizhi pogost, a World Heritage Site. It includes the famous Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 domes, built completely from wood and without a single nail. Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more visitors, while for individual guests there are multilingual audio guides. The museum is open year-round and, depending on the season, you can reach it by boat, hydrofoil, or helicopter from the nearby coastal towns. Camping on the island is not allowed. Our Kizhi trip generator makes visiting Kizhi State Open-Air Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography and other Kizhi attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
map
Create a full Kizhi itinerary

Plan your trip to Kizhi

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Republic of Karelia by other users

57 days in Russia BY A USER FROM ITALY December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 4 days in Petrozavodsk BY A USER FROM RUSSIA November, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 2 days in Petrozavodsk BY A USER FROM RUSSIA November, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Russia BY A USER FROM REUNION July, culture, outdoors, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 6 days in Russia BY A USER FROM INDIA December, outdoors, beaches, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 25 days in Russia BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA July, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Russia BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, culture, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Russia BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, culture, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Russia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Russia BY A USER FROM INDIA November, outdoors, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in Russia BY A USER FROM UKRAINE June, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 31 days in Russia BY A USER FROM BRAZIL April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Were in the Kizhi while traveling by boat (floated on the solovetsky Islands). We really liked it. Very beautiful historic place. Beautiful architecture, a very competent guides who with love for this place were told very interesting. Good mood, ensemble songs in national costumes. Really enjoyed the overall atmosphere of the museum complex, unusual beauty of Northern nature. Highly recommended to fans of travel.
    View original
  • On the island of Kizhi is this complex. What is it? It was brought to the island and established two churches, belfry, peasant farmsteads, mill, sauna on shore. Church rebuilding. Of course the reconstruction works are going slowly, I think this is due to the lack of specialists, so that the lost secrets of the architecture. The roofs of churches like cast silver is ancient technology, when the roof's wood Aspen plates (plate-plate), which from time to time start casting silver. In addition the island organized the exhibition "secrets of the carpentry craft 17-19 centuries. All this artificially svezeno the island. Well that is saved and the customer looses. It is interesting to look at all this, it is interesting just to go on the island, enjoy the atmosphere of Northern nature.
    View original
  • Kizhi love! Always when I attend the summer at home in Karelia, try to get in Kizhi. The most interesting Museum of wooden architecture. You can delve into the history of Karelia! Voobshchem transcend space time) Eat in Karelia will definitely plan a trip to kizhi island.
    View original

Best things to do in Kizhi