The Taltsy Museum of Architecture and Ethnography is one of the largest open-air museums in Russia. Its territory comprises 78 different buildings (residential, cult, defense) of the peoples of the Irkutsk region over the past 400 years! The foundation of this unique collection of wooden buildings was laid in the 1970s. Back then, the Spasskaya (Savior’s) Gate Tower and the Kazan Chapel of the 17th century were transferred to the Taltsy area from the future flood zone of the Irkutsk HPP. Later a few other monuments of the Irkutsk region were transported here.
The Taltsy Museum of Architecture and Ethnography is divided into four parts, corresponding to the nationalities of the Baikal region: Russian, Buryat, Evenk and Tofalar. The Evenki and Tofalar camping-grounds, cemeteries of the Evenkis and the Buryat ulus settlement give an insight into the life of these peoples, their traditions and beliefs. You can learn about the life of the Russian people in the "Volostnoye Selo" Complex, where a church, a school and administrative buildings have been recreated in addition to residential buildings. It is here where the transferred Kazan Church and Spasskaya Tower are located. The picture is complemented by water mills, Siberian cemetery, a village and a meadow. This complex is worth a visit during the Trinity Sunday, Cheese Fare Week (Maslenitsa) or Easter: these holidays are celebrated grandly, with folk festivals and participation of craftsmen. Here you can also learn about the vine-weaving art, pottery and other folk crafts.