Vitoslavitsy Museum of Folk Wooden Architecture, Veliky Novgorod

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Immerse yourself in the everyday life of medieval Russia at Vitoslavitsy Museum of Folk Wooden Architecture, which features more than 20 original wooden structures dating from the 16th to the 19th century. Churches, chapels, and residential houses were collected from around the Novgorod region and then moved to this site in the 1960s. An authentically dressed guide will lead you down the village streets, along wrought-iron torch stands, peasant houses, vegetable gardens, windmills, and a bathhouse. Enter one of the houses, and try to imagine what it was like for several generations of the same family to share a single room--some sleeping above the stove and others in bench-beds. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Vitoslavitsy Museum of Folk Wooden Architecture by using our Veliky Novgorod family vacation planner.
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  • Some of the oldest buildings in Russia are found here. So interesting to see recreations of both rich and poor styles of houses too.  more »
  • The wooden architecture museums are marvellous, they were all taken from the local area and brought here and preserved in a village like setting and the homes and builidngs filled with items the peopl...  more »
  • Good that tourists are let into many huts, bad that not into all of them due to the on-going restoration. Pathes are not everywhere fit for heels walking.  more »
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  • Great place to see traditional Russian wooden architecture. Unique museum!
  • Very pretty little down with an impressive kremlin. St Sophia's Cathedral is beautiful inside and the town square and hall are very impressive! The surrounding red walls of the kremlin have been impressively reconstructed following the Nazi occupation and give a very authentic feel to the city, quite different to what you'd experience in St Petersburg. If visiting for a day it's definitely worth seeing the old wooden town which has original structures from all over Russia built up as an interactive museum.
  • It's a place where you can look at unique examples of old Russian wooden architecture. Definitely a must!
  • Wonderful tourist spot
  • In 2017 celebration here was somewhat more modest due to limitations associated with restoration works. Festival concerts, master classes, handmade souvenirs organically complemented the museum complex itself. Catering was not at the highest level-it was hard to find a seat at the table, the menu's pies, pasties, pancakes, pizza, sausages, ice cream, and the only thing that reminded the tourists that they went beyond their field-drinks: kvass, sbiten, cider, Mead ... Toilets are free, but in a way that many preferred to endure till the hotel. Storage chambers are not present, but the staff was in position and it was possible to find shelter for suits-suitcases! All minor personal inconvenience eking out a feeling of celebration, affability, kindness of the staff and all the guests. Thanks to the organizers! P.s.-keep renewing the wishes of wooden walkways, increase children's playgrounds.
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