The Kizhi Museum is one of the largest open air museums in Russia. This unique historical, cultural and natural complex is a particularly valuable object of cultural heritage of the peoples of Russia. The basis of the museum collection – the Kizhi Ensemble – is the UNESCO World cultural and natural heritage site. Restoration of the Kizhi monuments is being carried out “in front of the world”.

Today in the museum


Народная кукла (Праздники и программы)


Музей «Кижи» — 50 (Праздники и программы)


Открытые фонды (Праздники и программы)


Программа «Традиции северной деревни» (Праздники и программы)


Программа «Традиции судостроения и кузнечного ремесла» (Праздники и программы)


Программа «Традиции плотницкого мастерства» (Праздники и программы)


Программа «Остров Кижи за один день» (Праздники и программы)


Шатровая колокольня Кижского погоста (Праздники и программы)


Встреча с мастером (Праздники и программы)


Программа «Кижское ожерелье» (Праздники и программы)


museum news

There is no other place better than the Kizhi Island in winter! // February 19
There is no other place better than the Kizhi Island in winter!

If you have never been to the Kizhi Island in this time of year, then you have never seen the fascinating beauty of winter in Russia.
Kizhi Museum presents new tourist winter programs from January,12 to April, 30, 2015.
During this season, visitors will find the exceptional charm of the Kizhi Island all covered with snow, and enjoy the quiet fascination of the Karelian winter.
Meet the inimitable beauty of this unique place!

Festival “Transfiguration”. Photo reports in the Kizhi gallery // September 02
Festival “Transfiguration”. Photo reports in the Kizhi gallery

New photo albums dedicated to the “Transfiguration” festival have appeared in the Kizhi gallery: the Feast of the Transfiguration and the Creative session of bell ringers. One can trace back the chronicle of the passed feast days, see the faces of the guests and workers of the Kizhi museum and watch the emotions of bell ringers — participants of the “Revival of the lost traditions of the Russian North.Bell score of the Kizhi Parish” project with the photos made by Oleg Semenenko.

New Kizhi Museum routes  // June 26
New Kizhi Museum routes

In 2014 the Kizhi Museum tour package was substantially updated and expanded. From now tours around Kizhi Island, which include Kizhi Pogost and pieces of wooden architecture beside the architectural ensemble also cover other monuments situated on the Island. Museum routes are adapted for various groups of tourists. There is a shortcut tour (for slow groups) and tours for those wishing to combine aesthetical impressions and healthy active leisure. Also the Museum developed thematic tours that meet the needs of people with different preferences: tours of the most beautiful Kizhi Island views, tours allowing listen to old tunes, try the local cuisine, interactive tours with the opportunity to participate in various workshops.

Contact information

Federal State Budget Institution “Kizhi State Open Air Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography”.

Republic of Karelia, Medvezhiegorsk region, Kizhi Island.

Postal address: 10a, Kirov sq., Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, Russia, 185035.

Phone: (8142) 79-98-99 — Petrozavodsk, (8142) 53-57-22 — excursion department on Kizhi Island.

Fax: (8142) 79-98-99 — Petrozavodsk.


Press service:, (8142) 79-98-73.

Web site:

Visiting the museum on Kizhi IslandHow to get to the island of Kizhi. Where to stay. Price list, schedule, map.
The Museum in the City of PetrozavodskExhibition halls in the capital of Karelia, an excursion route, programs for children.
For specialists About the Kizhi Museum activity on cultural heritage conservation.
Architectural monumentsCatalog of monuments of wooden architecture of Kizhi Island and the Kizhi Necklace.
GalleryPhotos, videos, drawings dedicated to Kizhi Island.
Kizhi virtual toursInteractive multimedia games and trips.
Museum collections (rus)Catalogs of items from the museum funds.
E-libraryPublications about the Kizhi Museum: scientific and popular scientific literature.
Newspaper “Kizhi” (rus)The first museum newspaper of Karelia. Complete electronic archive.
Traditional craftsVideo catalog of traditional crafts, farming and carpentry.
Nature of Kizhi skerries (rus)Plants, animals and valuable natural features.
Villages of Kizhi VolostHistorical settlements around Kizhi Island. Map of Kizhi Volost.
Field guide of museum items (rus)Joint electronic thematic illustrated catalog.
Archaeological heritageCatalog of archaeological monuments of Kizhi Island surroundings.
E-shop (rus)Kizhi souvenirs for home delivery.
Kizhi mapAll monuments, historical villages and guest houses in a single map.
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