It is the largest skansen (open-air museum) in Europe which offers a great collection of Ukrainian ethnographical heritage.
Museum covers the territory of more than 130 hectares and represents all historical and ethnographic regions of Ukraine. In museum, the visitors can find out the way the whole Ukraine looked hundred years ago.
National Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life of Ukraine is located at the southern end of Kyiv, near Holosiivskyi forest and Pyrohiv village, which gave the name to this place.
Currently, more than 300 unique pieces of folk architecture of the 16th−20th centuries have been gathered in the museum: from the house in Semar village, Volynska region (1587) to modern Ukrainian houses of the 20th century.
Architectural ensemble of the museum covers all historical and ethnographic regions of Ukraine: the Dnieper region, Southern Ukraine, Slobozhanshchyna, Poltavshchyna, Polesye, the Carpathians, Ukrainian villages, dating from the 60-70’s of the 20th century.
The museum’s exposition includes a unique collection of windmills, water mills, forges, a steam room, a parochial school, a priest house, a pot-house, a pearling mill, Ukrainian houses, barns, chicken coops, and cellars.
Three Orthodox churches (two churches of the Kyivan Patriarchate and one Greek Catholic church) operate within the territory of museum. Thanks to them, celebration of the following holidays has gained spiritual significance: Christmas, Epiphany, Pancake Week, Palm Sunday, Easter, Holy Trinity Day, Ivana Kupala, etc.
One of the main distinctive features of the museum is its numerous festivities, performances and festivals that are carried out every weekend. During such open air celebrations, visitors can attend ethnographic fairs and traditional crafts workshops, listen to the Ukrainian music and learn folk dances.
Apparently, you will not be able to go round the whole museum in one day. So, we advise You to come back and discover the ancient Ukraine in the National Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life of Ukraine!
Hours of service: 10-00 a.m. - 06-00 p.m., daily , except Wednesday
Tel.: +38(044) 526 2416
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