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Mamajeva Sloboda Open Air Museum

Address: 2 Mykhaila Dontsya Street, Kiev, Ukraine
Phone Number: +380 66 091 1076
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Ranked #59 of 334 Attractions in Kiev
Type: Museums
Owner description: About UsIn the middle of XVII century a French engi­neer and cartographer Guillaume Le Vasseur de...
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Type: Museums
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: About UsIn the middle of XVII century a French engi­neer and cartographer Guillaume Le Vasseur de Beauplan said: “Ukraina est Terra Cosacorum” – “Ukraine is a Land of Cos­sacks”. That’s why in seven kilometers from Khreschatyk an open­air museum – a Cossack village “Mamajeva Sloboda” – has been located. Its thematic exhibits are situated on the 9,2 hectares site and represent a full replica of a historical settlement depicting Ukrainian nature, architecture and the way of life.What is special about the open-air museumOver three hundred years ago this land was in the possession of St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery. In the oak-grove above the Lybid River head approximately in the same place of the present “Mamajeva Sloboda” the monastery apiary with a farmstead and a pond were situated.Few centuries have passed and again we can see the picturesque holts twining there about meadows as scrub hedgerows and creating a landscape of a typical for the Central Ukraine unique view of valley. Nowadays the Cossack village called “Mamajeva Sloboda” stands on that particular place – among the curly cherry orchards surrounded by wattle fences.In the center of the architectural ensemble which consists of 98 units a Cossack three-domed wooden church is located. The Cossack church is founded in the name of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin and is similar to the one built at Zaporozhian Sich in the days of Bohdan-Zinoviy Khmelnytskyi.Near the main entrance gate a mound is raised with a Scythian statue of Mamaj on the top. Not far from the church there is a wind-mill – the symbol of peaceful agricultural Ukraine. In “Mamajeva Sloboda” one can see the estates of a Churchwarden, of a Cossack-dzhura (Cossack armour bearer), of a Sotnik (the Cossack’s superior), of a Blacksmith with a smithy, of a Potter with a pottery, of a Fortune-teller; a shynok (Ukrainian restaurant), an apiary and a watermill as well – all of them are situated over two rushy lakes cov-ered with water lilies. The estates consist of different buildings according to their household functions. They are: storehouses, sheds, stables, cellars, barns, cart-houses, etc. This traditional Ukrainian landscape is supplemented with the Mar-ketplace, the Military chancellery and a Cossack garrison.The objects of “Mamajeva Sloboda” are used by the method of reproduction of the living history according to their original functions – with the aim to popularize and revive the original Ukrainian folk traditions, customs, rites, forgotten labor skills and handicrafts.A little of official informationThe ethnology centre “Cossack Mamaj” was registered as a legal personality on the 9th of July, 1990. Kyiv City Council transferred the plot of land to the museum for the permanent land use with the first in the Ukrainian history judicial decision.From the time of this decision up to the inauguration of “Mamajeva Sloboda” 19 years had passed. The first visitors were officially invited on the 9th of July 2009 (the photo report is possible to see in the gallery (ukr. version)).

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Karlstad, Sweden
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I really liked to see the Open Air Museum. It felt like walking in a Kosack Village. Many houses were however closed. This was a bit disappointing. I also tried the food at one of their restaurants. I liked the food very much. It was also served on ceramic plates with cutlery made from wood. The glasses seemed to be... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Great place to visit on one of their seasonal festivals... very colorful and pleasant, especially to find a bit of village in the middle of Kyiv. However, don't recommend their restaurants. A friend who once worked there on the organizational side told me they use Mivina flavoring in everything, which means lots of MSG!

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

It's a good one open air museum, but if you have time you'd better choose Pyrogovo museum

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8 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

According to Kyiv Post there was supposed to be a Polish-Ukrainian festival in the park, but there was nothing happening when we visited. There are a few nice buildings in traditional Ukrainian style, with souvenir shops and some farm animals. The park itself is pleasant enough, and there is quite a good restaurant serving traditional Ukrainian food. But it is... More 

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Kiev, Ukraine
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

The best part was reconstructed houses of Old Ukraine, similar to Zansen Hans close to Amsterdam & Folk festival itself

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

I like it very much, there is acting smithy, restaurant and so on... Very interesting!!!!

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Kiev, Ukraine
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

This place should be very interesting probably at festival days, but there is almost nothing to do at winter or early spring. 3/4 of houses were closed even on Sunday, only those were open where a shop and a restaurant were situated, plus church, sheep yard, small blacksmith and a sledge to ride. Not worth $5 for entry especially in... More 

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Kiev, Ukraine
15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

For all who have interest in ukrainian rural heritage its a must visit POI. First of all the place is made by enthusiasts. It's more compact, better organized and managed "version" of Pyrogovo folk museum. The idea was to rebuilt a traditional ukrainian village of 17-18 century. Everything from a wooden church to a traditional huts, craftsmen yards and village... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2011

The village is very entertaining, with various activities on offer. From a simple individual to the participation in a master-class (pottery, dolls, varenyki, etc) or your own treasure hunt, there are many ways to enjoy the village. The guide we had (Lyudmila) spoke perfect English, and was very knowledgeable about cossacks traditions. She knew many entertaining anecdotes that made the... More 

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