The Museum of folk architecture and life of Ukraine also known as the open air Museum in Pirogovo, which has a huge area the size of 135 hectares and is situated in the southern outskirts of Kiev.
In Pirogovo you can see 275 items of Ukrainian architecture of the last 500 years: the wooden churches, windmills, houses, wells, beehives and more. Museum houses objects of everyday life, works of folk art, tools, clothes, furniture, wood and pottery, and musical instruments. Most of these items are exhibited inside houses and churches that you can easily visit — enter, ovserve and take pictures.
The whole Museum is divided into sectors on a temporary and territorial principles: huts give place to stone houses of Western Ukraine from Lviv and Khmelnytsky, a bit similar to the architecture of the Slovaks and Czechs. Further, there is a large area of modern houses — each region of Ukraine has presented its type of suburban house with furniture and household items, typical for that place. Most of the buildings moved from various parts of Ukraine and carefully placed in the Museum.
The Museum look more like a Park and it's a favorite vacation spot of Kiev. Here you can ride horses, dine in many restaurants under the open sky with Ukrainian "borsch", bacon or barbeque and then take a rest on the lawn. There are operating churches in Pirogovo. Believers can order any Orthodox ritual. For those who are interested in events, Pirogovo often hosts festivals of folk art, fairs where you can buy products of folk artists.
In recent years the Museum had a few fires. The last big fire was arson and was committed to conceal the theft of a valuable collection of XVIII century chests that were exhibited in the burned building.