The Kizhi Open-air Museum
The KIZHI museum is one of the largest open-air museums in Russia and pearl of Silver Ring tour. This is an unique historical, cultural and natural complex enlisted on the Code of the Most Significant Cultural Heritage Sites of the Peoples of the Russian Federation.
Unique Kizhi Island
The State “Kizhi” Museum is located on the Island of Kizhi in Lake Onega, in 68 km. distance from Petrozavodsk, the capital of the Republic of Karelia. The Museum has been researching, preserving and popularizing culture of the native peoples of Karelia for more than 40 years.
The collection of the Open-Air “Kizhi” Museum includes 83 monuments of wooden architecture: old chapels and houses, windmills and granaries, threshing barns and racks for drying crops…The gem of this collection is the 22 domed Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior, 37 meters height. The Church of the Intercession of Holy Mary and the Bell-Tower located nearby emphasize the harmony and magnificence of the main Church.
The guests of the museum can visit the Church of the Intercession of Holy Mary and peasant homesteads. Traditional crafts are demonstrated in peasant houses; wind flows bell-ringing over the island. Wonderful performance of the Museum folk ensemble supplements the impressions of the traditional peasant culture. The visitors whose stay on the island concurs with one of the Museum festivals will have the most lasting impressions.
The international organization devotes much attention to the Kizhi Architectural Ensemble enlisted into the World Heritage List of UNESCO and to preparation for the restoration of the Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior. The World Heritage List of UNESCO aims at protecting and popularizing unique objects of historical and cultural heritage.
How to get to the island
In winter season the best way to get to the island is by helicopter.As for the summer we may arrange a hydrofoil from the city of Petrozavodsk. If you would like to go there all you need is to contact our DMC and we will arrange a perfect event for you!