Pirogovo Open-Air Museum
National museum of folk architecture and lifestyle of Ukraine is the biggest open air museum in the Eastern Europe. This museum represents national and cultural life of Ukraine in the 16th – 20th centuries, original huts, buildings and churches, amazing instruments of daily life from different historical areas of Ukraine. Pirogovo occupies a huge territory 370 acre (1,5 square km) where represented original ancient buildings which have been brought and rebuilt again. For everybody who is interested in Ukrainian life of the past this is a must see.
Pirogovo museum is famous of it’s authentic objects – it’s houses, mills, forge and other buildings that were build by Ukrainian citizens almost one hundred years ago. Now the buildings form a single architectural ensemble for you to fully feel the atmosphere of true Ukrainian lifestyle. The picturesque hill with several windmills is the museum’s central place and the entire territory of the museum is divided into sectors, each representing the folk architecture and life of a specific Ukrainian region.
It’s a place where different folk festivals are arranged. During such celebrations a great authentic show with Ukrainian songs and dances are represented here. Also there are two restaurants of Ukrainian cuisine situated there, so after an interesting excursion you can try the national food.
it’s a great place to spend all day, to walk, to see interesting old architecture, to learn about Ukrainian history, to taste good food and just relax in the open air just 20 minutes drive from Kyiv centre. Because of the large territory you might want to hire a bike or a Segway, but make sure you take all the correct paperwork like passport.
It is possible to order 1h, 2h and 3h guided tour at the museum for reasonable price but it is a lot cheaper without it, but beware, there is not much English signage.
To reach the museum by car is not difficult . Note that the area Pirogovo is over 150 hectares, various forms of transportation within the museum including a walking tour, or on a cart pulled by horses (you’ll find them at entrance).
How to get there? - Route taxi № 507 (railway station - Lybidska city - Demiivsk city - Goloseevsk city - VDNH city - Zabolotny street - Museum); - Trolleybus № 11 (VDNG city - Zabolotny street - turn to the Museum *); - Route taxi № 496 (Melnikov str. - Lukianivska street - Solomenska sq. - ring road - Odessa square - Zaborotnogo street - turn to the Museum). - Route taxi № 576 (Akademgorodok - Ring road - Zaborotnogo street - turn to the Museum *). * from the turn to the Museum - 15 minutes on foot.