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An open air museum has a traditional feeling in Kiev Phrohiv Museum of Folk Architecture

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To the southwest of Kiev, in the picturesque setting of Pirogovo village, there is an open-air Museum of Ukrainian Folk Architecture. Some 300 traditional structures, some dating back to the 16th century, have been transplanted from various parts of Ukraine to this open-air folk museum.

The quaint 17th- to 20th-century wooden churches, cottages, farmsteads, and windmills are divided into seven 'villages' representing regional areas of Ukraine. The oldest of them dates back to 1742 and is called Naddnipryanska.  In this village-museum, the unique collection of folk architecture from all regions of Ukraine has been gathered. The visitors to the museum are welcome not only to admire rare exhibits but also visit folk crafts shops and a traditional restaurant serving Ukrainian cuisine. It's about 12km south of central Kyiv; marshrutka 496 from Lukyanivska metro station takes you right to the entrance.

The museum's exhibition is divided into two departments: Architecture and Life in the Ukrainian Village before the Revolution and Folk Architecture and Life in the Socialist Village. The architecture of a pre-revolutionary Ukrainian village, the second – a post-revolutionary. While walking among the exhibits you will not only learn about the features of different generations but also listen to folk music, appreciate the true beauty of Ukraine nature and feel the unique atmosphere of Slavic culture. Here is a brief list of events that are held at the museum with the participation of folk groups and folk artists of Ukraine 

The first part of the exhibition represents the culture and the way of life of six important regions: Middle Dnepr area (Naddnepryanshina), Poltava area (Poltavshina) and Slobodian Ukraine (Slobozhanshchina), Polesye, Podolia, the Carpathians (Karpaty) and Southern Ukraine. The exhibition includes traditional houses with all necessary utensils, barns, wills and even typical for that specific region trees and plants. While walking among the exhibits you will not only learn about the features of different generations but also listen to folk music, appreciate the true beauty of Ukraine nature and feel the unique atmosphere of Slavic culture. Here is a brief list of events that are held at the museum with the participation of folk groups and folk artists of Ukraine 

When visiting the museum XVII – XX century, you can also try traditional Ukrainian dishes One of these is Café Kulyshna, in a style and design which corresponds to taverns of the XIX century and where you can try ethnic dishes from various regions of Ukraine.

The museum is becoming more popular not only among citizens of Ukraine but also among other guests. It's always fun, especially so if you visit during a festival. Pyrohovo hosts several, the biggest during the countrywide Ivan Kupala festival.

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