The Ethnographic Museum of Buryatia is one of the Russian largest open-air museums (37 hectares). The museum has historical findings from the era of Huns, including a unique collection of wooden architecture of Siberian people (more than 40 architectural monuments).
The exhibition of the The Ethnographic museum is divided into several complexes: Evenks, Prebaikalian Buryat, Transbaikalian Buryat, Russian Cossacks, Old Believers, Old Verkhneudinsk, and Wildlife Park. The exhibitions are arranged in chronological order and guests can see the development of the region. Visitors can stroll through the museum looking inside yurts and tepees, viewing interior, all kind of house equipment, wooden tools and utensils. Walking from one complex to the other everyone acquires the feeling of involvement with the life of Siberian people.
The Ethnographic museum has a small zoo where you can watch wolves and bears, roe deer and reindeer, tigers and elks, sables and other animals.
Another distinctive feature of the museum, which makes it stand out from the great mass of similar museums in the world, is a variety of performances taking place there: festivals and celebrations, national holidays and sport events.
From 16 Sep to 31 May: Daily, except Mon and Tue, on Wed – Fri from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm and on Sat-Sun from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm.
From 1 Jun to 15 Sep: Daily, except Mon and Tue, from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm.
Entrance fee: 120 Rub
Museum website: www.ethnomuseum03.ru (Rus)
To get to The Ethnographic museum:
The museum is located in the village Verkhnaya Berezovka (about 8 km from Ulan-Ude). Take bus №37 from a bus stop near the Baikal Plaza hotel at Soviets Square. The journey takes about 20-30 minutes.
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