Ukraine Heritage Experience: The Pirogovo Open-Air Museum
- Pirogovo Museum: Take a fascinating journey that covers life in Ukraine from the 16th to the early 20th century. See how people lived, the tools they used, their clothing, musical instruments, art, and more in around 300 authentic and restored structures spread over 370 country acres.
- Authentic cuisine: Even locals come here for great Ukrainian food. Try some borscht (a tart beet soup), salo (a relative of bacon), or shashlik, the regional shish kabob.
- Free time: You'll have about an hour to further explore the Pirogovo open-air museum. Stroll the walking paths, enjoy a short ride on a horse, or rent a bike.
About this Kiev Tour
Founded in 1969, Pirogovo combines Ukrainian history, culture, and architecture with a sprawling park that features a food and recreation area complete with live music. And it's all authentic.
To create Pirogovo, the people of Ukraine could have used modern technology to reproduce the buildings and structures from the variety of centuries that are represented here. But they didn't. Piece by piece, mile by mile, every hut, barn, church, windmill, and schoolhouse was carefully transported here from all over the country, including a hut from 1587 and a church from 1742.
Some buildings were completely disassembled before transport and reassembled on location – a feat made all the more delicate by the fact that many of the buildings precede nails, and instead use wooden pegs to hold everything together.
The museum represents the entire country and is divided into geographical regions: Middle Pridneprovie, Poltavschina and Slobozhanschina, Polesye, Podillya, southern Ukraine, and the Carpathian Mountains. Each hut is almost its own mini-museum, displaying clothing, furniture, tools, and even musical instruments from its time, while the park side of Pirogovo offers grassy areas for relaxing, and activities like horseback riding. And the food, of course, is the real thing: traditional Ukrainian fare as authentic as that hut from 1587.
When the music died
You may come across some old musical instruments at Pirogovo called kobza and bandura. Kobzas were played by mostly blind wandering minstrels called kobzars. Banduras were played by the more stationary bandurists. Either way, the music traditionally glorified Ukrainian heroes, deeds, and national heritage. So the Communists, who took over when Ukraine became part of the Soviet Union in 1922, didn't like it. Which could explain why, by 1934, kobzars had vanished from the roads, followed shortly thereafter by the bandurists.
Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.
Dress in layers as the weather can be unpredictable. Leave the high heels behind and choose to wear your flat shoes. Your feet will appreciate it. Bring some local currency for any souvenir purchases. Your guide can make some recommendations.
Travelers must walk approximately 1.85 miles over cobblestones and other varying terrain. Tour is not wheelchair accessible. If your mobility is limited, you may not see all the sites fully. Participate with the group at your discretion.
Cultural, Walking Tour, Theme Park
Vehicle sizes vary, depending on the size of the group.
English, French, German, Spanish, Russian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
If you have knee or hip problems or you are pregnant, this tour may not be suitable for you, due to the strenuous nature of the walking required.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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