Nizhny Novgorod Ethnographic Museum

Being a city of over one million people, it is hard to imagine that at one time Nizhny Novgorod was small. Before there was electricity, running water, or television, there were wooden homes with beautiful relief patterns on the walls and women had to use a yoke to transport water back to the house from the river in order to sustain their families. Life was difficult and the environment was not always on their side.

If you enjoy history and peaceful locations, you will most likely want to stop by the Nizhny Novgorod Ethnographic Museum. The area within the museum walls is quiet and takes on a serene quality. It’s an excellent opportunity for a visitor to gain insight on what it must have felt like to be a resident of Russia hundreds of years ago.

Upon walking into the buildings to see what interesting artifacts lie within, I had to wonder what it would be like to experience a Russian summer there; and even more so a Russian winter. It really struck me as fascinating and wonderful, the way people had to rely on one another in order to simply “survive” each season. They braved through snow and extreme heat by joining together as a family and distributing work so that the household was constantly bustling and successfully functioning.

This is a map of the museum. Not all of the buildings are on exhibition because they are so antiquated.

This is a map of the museum. Not all of the buildings are on exhibition because they are so antiquated.

A fence and the surrounding trees and flowers.

A fence and the surrounding trees and flowers.

The trees inside the museum. It was almost spiritual.

The trees inside the museum. It was almost spiritual.

A Russian stove with tools to remove pots and various dishes from the stove.

A Russian stove with tools to remove pots and various dishes from the stove.

A cradle.

A cradle.

 Our tour guide showing us traditional Russian shoes.


Our tour guide showing us traditional Russian shoes.

A Russian balalaika (popular musical instrument) .

A Russian balalaika (popular musical instrument) .

An icon corner.

An icon corner.

The table.

The table.

A bed.

A bed.

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A traditional Russian house with relief patterns.

A traditional Russian house with relief patterns.

It’s hard to believe I was looking at the same sky as people who lived so long ago.

It’s hard to believe I was looking at the same sky as people who lived so long ago.

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