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”.

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The UNESCO world heritage site Church of the Transfiguration (Excursions)


“Kizhi villages” (Excursions)


“Unknown Kizhi. The best panoramic views and hidden places” (Excursions)


museum news

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.

The photo report on the restoration of the Transfiguration Church in 2013 was published // February 28
The photo report on the restoration of the Transfiguration Church in 2013 was published

They complemented the photo report on the restoration of the Church of the Transfiguration at the Kizhi Museum web site. There were some photos added representing the works performed in spring, summer and autumn of 2013 and those made during the installation of the 16-meter log into the refectory wall.

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, 185000.

Phone: (8142) 76-70-91 — Petrozavodsk, (8142) 53-57-22 — excursion department on Kizhi Island.

Fax: (8142) 79-98-99 — Petrozavodsk.


Press service:, (8142) 78-35-91.

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.
Architectural monumentsCatalog of monuments of wooden architecture of Kizhi Island and the Kizhi Necklace.
GalleryPhotos, videos, drawings dedicated to Kizhi Island.
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.
Kizhi virtual toursInteractive multimedia games and trips.
For specialists About the Kizhi Museum activity on cultural heritage conservation.
E-shop (rus)Kizhi souvenirs for home delivery.
Kizhi mapAll monuments, historical villages and guest houses in a single map.
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