Project title

Vologda Architectural-Ethnographic Museum


  1. Promotion of spatial development approaches and actions for specific territories and sectors (macro regions, coastal zones, islands and other specific areas)

  2. Promotion of territorial structures supporting sustainable BSR development (settlement structures, communication links, cultural and natural heritage)

  3. Promotion of institution building, strengthening transnational spatial development

Lead applicant

Vologda Oblast Government

Contact person

Alexei V. Povolotski




2 Gertsen St., Vologda, 160035, Russia


+7 8172 723170


+7 8172 769619

Thematic key words

Tourism, Cultural Heritage, Regional Development

Project description

Vologda Architectural-Ethnographic Museum gives a comprehensive review of the cultural and historical background of the century-old city of Vologda and the whole Russian North. Among the many cities of Russia's provinces, few have greater natural beauty than Vologda with its historic centre, marked by cathedrals, parish churches and architectural ensembles. Museum's location 12 km away from the city of Vologda, on a major route Vologda-Kirillov, provides a perfect opportunity for attracting tourists and making it a wonderful place of recreation. The museum was set up more than a decade ago by collecting and allocating on its territory various specimens of wooden peasant architecture of the Russian North, as well as other things reflecting the atmosphere of the Russian North of the 19th - early 20th centuries (handicraft, traditional art samples, clothes, etc). The museum is a venue of a number of annual festivals and exhibitions devoted to numerous spheres of culture, history and ethnography. In the short-term perspective setting up of museum's own library of ethnographic, cultural and environmental character is planned. Additionally, joining the possible network of museums and successful co-operation with domestic and foreign partners would be much favoured.

Central objectives

The main objective of the museum is making it a tourist, recreational, cultural and educational centre, one of the most influential means of preserving and developing cultural and historical heritage of the Vologda Oblast and the whole Russian North.     

Expected benefits

 Museum's own concept of self-reorganization and rearranging implies significant transition from being a museum of traditional wooden architecture of the northern village to elaborated cultural complex intended to reflect not only wooden architecture specific character, but also ethnography and culture of the Russian North, its agricultural and handicraft uniqueness, as well as religious orthodox and ancient traditions. All that will promote attracting more tourists to the unique architectural pearls of the Vologda Oblast.

Partners found already


Partners searched

BSR countries

Estimated budget


Date of filling in the form

April 24th, 2002