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“A Fun Afternoon Out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vitoslavitsy Museum of Folk Wooden Architecture

Vitoslavitsy Museum of Folk Wooden Architecture
Yurevskoe shosse, Veliky Novgorod 173007, Russia
(8162) 778160
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“A Fun Afternoon Out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

This is definitely a place worth visiting during your time in Novgorod. It's easy to get there. You can either catch a bus, which will drop you off right in front of the museum, or you can take a taxi. Both are easy and inexpensive.

The museum consists of a number of reconstructed, wooden buildings, most of which are furnished to show what life would have been like for those who lived in these places. Everything is represented in this model village - houses, churches, barns, and even a banya.

This place would be a wonderful place to visit with children, though we (two adults) enjoyed it immensely ourselves.

Do allow for about three hours to wander around the model village and to visit the formal museum (on the same site). And don't visit too close to closing time. The costumed babushkas who look after the buildings (and provide a Russian-language narrative about them, if you wish), will kick you out about twenty minutes before closing-time.

There is also a nice restaurant at the hotel across the street. It's worth a visit as well.

Visited October 2012
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“My favorite in Novgorod”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

If you have time to go to Novgorod, be sure to visit this Wooden Architecture Museum, very cute and different than any other buildings/site that you find in St Petersburg or Moscow. But again, focus your journey in St Petersburg which has a lot more to offer, only if you have extra time and want to explore the ancient town of Novgorod.

Visited July 2012
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“My favorite thing I saw in Novgorod!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

I was so impressed with this museum. First of all, it's not a typical museum. It's more like a neighborhood of old wooden (and some reconstructed) buildings. Not much English plaques, but you can read the dates and there's not much more to it. Some of the interiors are set to look like they would have when the buildings were built. Some have re-enactors wearing Russian period costumes inside! It's in a wooded area near a part beautiful of the river. Don't forget your mosquito spray.
Students get in half price.

Visited July 2012
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“Must see lifelike old Russian village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Vitoslavitsy is a park stocked with relocated wooden structures, showing the typical structures used in rural life in Russia: residential homes, churches, workshops, stables, banyas etc.
You can actually enter the houses and chant with real people sitting inside, see the furniture and home appliances and watch people involved in ancient trades.

Visited July 2012
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“Worth a visit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

I was a little skeptical about going to the Vitoslavitsy Museum and figured that it would be very cheesy and not for the hardcore traveling types. And while some of the aspects of the museum where on the cheesy side, it was an overall pleasant experience. The wooden architecture shows visitors what sorts of housing past Russian generations lived in and exactly how so (the houses are furnished inside and include real life dressed up people). The best part of the museum was seeing the actual houses and churches from the outside. They are beautifully made and come out great in pictures. If you want to lie a little back home, you can take photos and pretend that those houses are not part of a museum but in a isolated Russian village somewhere. Also, the museum is relatively easy to get to from the Novgorod Kremlin. Once you exit the Kremlin and go to the parking lot, directly across the street is a busy bus stop. Get on the #7 bus (15 rubles), and it will take you directly in front of the museum and pass some beautiful rural scenery as well. It's about a 20 minute ride out.

Visited May 2012
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