Ludorvai Conservation Area occupies 40 hectares on a picturesque territory 17 kilometers from Izhevsk. The site for a future museum was chosen as early as 1984, and the work to create the museum started two years later: specialists carried out engineering survey and design works in order to find and sel ect wooden architecture for the museum.
From 1991 to 1996, the first five wooden buildings appeared and were refurbished in the museum territory, including a wind mill from Chem village; a kuala (in the religion of the Udmurts, a new family or clan shrine) from Sredny Postol village; gates from a farmstead in Piseevo; and a house, cage, and gates fr om Gamberovo village. A year later, the museum opened its doors for its first visitors.
The museum continues to expand. According to the Ludorvai plan, it will have five sectors with 51 wooden buildings representing different regions — south Udmurt, north Udmurt, central Udmurt, Russian, and Tatar. Each sector will look like a fragment of a settlement. The museum already includes the Central Udmurt Farmstead and South Udmurt Farmstead complexes, as well as a wooden mill. There are also some household structures, an administrative building, a bathhouse, and a water tower (25 wooden structures in total).
Ludorvai offers interactive ways of communication with visitors: for a little while, they can become villagers and learn how to do routine country work such as mowing and harvesting hay, grain threshing, flax handling, hand-feeding animals, cooking and tasting national dishes, and working with knitting looms and spinning wheels. In addition, Ludorvai has become an important venue for national holidays, such as Christmas, Maslenitsa, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, and the Savior of the Honey Feast.
The museum also has a folk-music band. Visitors can take an excursion, play national Udmurt games, or try a black banya. Anyone who wants to can take part in the Over Seven Bridges wedding ceremony and in the Kuno Pumitan welcoming ceremony.
The Conservation Museum annually attracts more than ten thousand Russian and foreign tourists.
|Phone number:||+7 (3412) 56-93-37|
|Address:||Udmurt Republic, Ludorvai village|