“We shall build our house and live in it!”

Peasants’ houses stood in the Russian North like overland ships. The master carpenters knew what tree to choose, what instrument to work with on a log. They had been building reliably and for centuries. Everyone should have a place in such a house, animals living next to people. But the house is so big, and people are so small compared to it.

Country life

I.I. Kochkin House is the oldest house in the museum (the 1870s). The summer room of this house shows the “Life of a Young Farmer’s Family in the Early 20th Century” exposition. You can see here how the urban culture had influenced the village life: furniture items replicating the city fashion, factory goods like a Singer sewing machine, Kuznetsov porcelain, etc.

The hunting

Visitors will get acquainted with practice and ceremonies of one of northern forest crafts. Fishing tools, the subjects which have been directly connected with hunting, hunting trophies are presented to expositions...

The Vologda Butter Museum

N.M. Yurov house dates from the late 18th century. The Vologda Butter Museum is located in here. Russians knew about the butter since the ancient times. They used to melt the butter to keep it for selling.

Everyday life of a well-to-do peasant in the late 19th – the early 20th centuries

L.G. Zhukova house dates back to the early 20th century. It belonged to a well-to-do family. Urban influence is seen everywhere here, even in the structure of the house.The residential part of the house shows an exposition of the “Everyday life of a well-to-do peasant in the late 19th – the early 20th centuries.” Interior paintings, porcelain ware, laces, and a Swiss clock show that the owners were well provided for.

Tree of Life

U.Y. Pudova House house dates from the late 18th century. The “Tree of Life” exposition is shown here. An ancient legend tells that the World is a Tree.