In 1976, in the picturesque Pyrohiv village neighborhood, the Open-Air Museum of Folk Architecture and Folk traditions of Ukraine was founded. This is a unique collection of folk architecture and artifacts of our ancestor’s daily life. Spread over 120 ha, there are more than 150 examples of Ukrainian village buildings from 16th-20th. Residential and farm buildings, churches, rural school building, mills, and apiaries. The sectors of the museum are laid out in such a way that a viewer can visit the regions of Central Naddnepryanschina, Poltava, Slobozhanschina, Polesie and Podilje, the Crimea and the Carpathians, as if they were next to each other. It makes for a strong and memorable experience, all set in a countryside landscape. Step into a time machine and travel back to the past.


Pyrohiv village.

Highlights of Pyrohiv is that you are greeted by museum keepers in national costume, and in the taverns you can taste the traditional cuisine of the various regions. Festivals celebrating the customs and habits of different tribes and various traditional competitions and contests are often held here. Every visitor is guaranteed a unique day out that will linger long in the memory. The festive atmosphere does not detract from the fact that the museum is a scientific institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. After all, you do not create such an accurate reflection of times past without thorough research and the applied science of history. The Open-Air Museum of Folk Architecture and Folkways of Ukraine is beautiful in any season, and the original and unique culture of our people is a spectacular delight.

Alexander Anisimov


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