The museum was founded in 1964 and it was inaugurated in 1967. Today it is branch of Novgorod museum-preserve. The first exhibit was the the Assumption Church (dated by 1595) moved from the Kuritsko village.
Traditional Russian countryside dwelling is log house, a structure built with horizontal logs interlocked at the corners by notching.
Log construction was the most common building technique in large regions of Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Baltic states and Russia, where straight and tall coniferous trees, such as pine and spruce, are readily available.
Usually logs are naturally-shaped, smoothly-peeled (drawknifed) and then are scribed and custom-fitted to one another.
At the corners where logs overlap, they are notched by one of the several ways. In the Northern Russia carpenters use one of two favourite corner styles (with different variations and combinations):
Interlocking saddle notch: Normally seen on D- or full-round profiles, where a notch is cut into the top of one log and the bottom of another; these two logs then interlock, creating a tightly-sealed corner.
Locked or Tooth-edged joint: Typically seen in square logs. A lock/tooth joint is where distinct profiles are cut at the end of each log for a tight "locked" fit.
Please look at two farmsteads standing on the northern side of museum street and You will note that they have got different layouts. Layout of the left farmstead is named "bar" because dwelling house, barn and the stable are standing one after another
House in front us is named "twins", it unites summer house and winter house under common roof.