The Motovilikha Open-Air Museum -
Perm region has a unique combination of marvelous architecture, nature and culture. Magnificent landscapes dotted with historical buildings constructed in a specific way bring novel experiences and new feelings to visitors in an open-air museum called Khokhlovka.
When you arrive to this place, it may seem familiar in some ways. This familiarity arises because all the buildings in Khokhlovka are made primarily of wood and look like constructions situated in Kizhi. But come closer and you will see that the only common thing is the material – wood. The buildings in Khokhlovka represent not only the local architectural peculiarities but the general features of the whole Perm region from the late XVII century till early XX century.
The buildings located in Khokhlovka were collected and carefully transported from different parts of the region and display various spheres of everyday life. Here you can see churches and towers on the top of the hills, farm houses, and a salt-production complex on the bank of the Kama river. Deep in the forest, you can find a hunting cabin. So, these are two of the main advantages of Khokhlovka – a wide and rather informative representation of both social and cultural features of the region , which creates a full and fascinating picture of Perm Krai.
Another characteristic that should be mentioned is a unique landscape at Khokhlovka. The museum is situated on a peninsula. At the museum, you can climb up the hill, go to the bank of the Kama sea (reservoir), and see the blue waters of the Kama river flowing near sharp cliffs showing geological evidence about the Permian period. You can explore the old woods or just relax on a large field imagining that you have just traveled back in time two or three centuries.
Khokhlovka is a place hosting many cultural events: e.g. Kamwa, an international ethnic festival, New Year, Maslenitsa (Pan Cake holiday), etc.. HSE students are actively involved in these events, creating museum visitor experiences that inspire the visitors to return. The events are part of a project called `The lens of time`. The project invites students from other Perm universities.
Students dressed in traditional Permian clothes manufactured with the use of old technologies make history alive both for themselves and for visitors.
Khokhlovka is a unique museum. Not only because of the wonderful landscapes and specific constructions but also as visitors have the opportunity to feel history and take part in events, not being a usual spectator. Discover Khokhlovka with us!
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