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Pirogovo Open-Air Museum
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Pirigovo Village Skansen Open-air Museum
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is a large open air museum full of small old village houses and churches disassembled in their original locations throughout Ukraine and reassembled in Pirogova. It's just outside Kiev and a couple of different bus routes run there. Houses are assembled in little areas along with others from the same areas in Ukraine so you walk between villages in a sense. There are little restaurants in a crossroads area along with a field where there are exhibits on holidays. Great place to go and take a picnic lunch and prepare to spend the better part of the day.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

I'm pure ukrainian from Kiev. But, i enjoy as a small child each time i come here! I feel like i am in a old times in some far away ukrainian village! This place always bring the spirit of Kievska Rus'! The long histary and old traditions and a spectacular big landscape!!

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Reviewed September 9, 2013

If you're in Ukraine in early July and want to see an interesting folk festival, this is the place. Ivan Kupala Day, a folk holiday to mark the solstice, is celebrated in various parks in Ukraine in early July. Young girls make wreaths from wheat and flowers, there is singing and dancing, straw effigies are burned and people jump over bonfires. I was fortunate to witness this festival at Pirogovo. Getting there for this festival wasn't particularly easy: I shared a taxi from the Lybed metro station there, and took a very crowded bus back from the museum to the metro.

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Very good try to do skanzen in Ukraine. They have old mills, houses from the different ukrainian regiones and historical ages. Unfortunately at Pirogovo there is no good cafes or restaurants. Only cheap street food with questionable quality. Generally Pirogovo good place for family fun.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We've been to many 'Skansen' type museums (from the daddy of them all in Stockholm, to others in Poland, Romania, Hungary, Czech & Slovak Republics, Serbia, Ireland etc. Even to two others in Ukraine outside Lviv and Chernivtsi).
Some are better than others but mostly they preserve examples of vernacular village architecture in a pleasant (but obviously rather artificial) country location.
I find them quite interesting, others perhaps enjoy the handicraft stalls (and the ones here seemed NOT to be the 'made in Taiwan' type local handicrafts!)
At Pirogovo there were also a number of food stalls selling local home cooking and there was several folk choirs performing as well whilst we were there (on a Sunday).
Either this is your sort of thing or it isn't. But the guide books aren't super-helpful in informing those who don't speak Ukrainian how to find the place. (well over half an hour bus ride out of central Kyiv)
Obviously you could hire a taxi or (probably) find an organised trip. But this is how we got there:-
You need Marshrutka #172 (small yellow privately run mini-buses) and I suggest you try to catch it from outside Lybidska Metro station. The bus also stops near other Metro station further South, but at least you stand a better chance of getting a seat at Lybidska, which seems to be the terminus. I understand that Marshrutkas 3 and 156 and trolley bus 11 also go 'near' the museum, but this depends on what you mean by 'near'. Looked like a couple of miles to me. The next challenge is to find where Marshrutka 172 stops. Believe me, you can brush up your Ukrainian by asking around but few people seem to have any idea. Don't expect to find any kind of stop marked 172, or any kind of board showing what stops where. There is a huge shopping mall (Ocean Plaza) close to Lybidska station (and connected by an underpass). The 172 seems to stop a couple of hundred metres up the street in front of the Ocean Plaza. You'll have to lie in wait, look for the number and run after the bus. As a concession, there is a little sign saying "Pyrohovo Museum" (or it might have been Pirogovo) in the bus window. Good luck spotting that but it will give you some confidence that it is the right bus. The fare is 3 UAH, pay the driver, you'll get change but not a ticket. And you'll get up close and personal with lots of friendly Ukrainians. If you are claustrophobic, you might prefer the taxi....
The 172 also stops in the little 'bus station' between the Metro and the Ocean Plaza. I suspect that they stop where there is a space. But (on the return trip), that was at the trolley stop marked Tr.1. But keep your eyes peeled and be ready for the mad dash.

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