The Kirillo-Belozerski State Historical-Architectural Art Museum-Reserve (Кирилло-Белозерский музей-заповедник)

The Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery was founded at the end of the 15th century. On the basis of the monastery in 1924 a museum-reserve was created.

Kirillo-Belozerski Monastery

The main beauty of the monastery is the Dormition Cathedral (15th century), which is one of the first stone buildings of the Russian North. It is decorated with a magnificent painting, made by Lyubim Ageev. The unique iconostasis of 1497 has been preserved up to the present day.

Nowadays, visitors to the museum can not only see architectural monuments situated on its territory but also observe unique exhibits from archeology, Old Russian painting, graphics and metal objects.

Ancient coins, including Byzantine ones, and jewelry related to the 9-13th centuries arise a huge interest. The museum contains an extensive collection of graphics and old believers “lubki” prints that allow us to represent the view of the monastery in the 18th century and buildings that have not survived to the present day.

The Museum of Dionisy’s Frescoes in Ferapontovo village is the part of the historical reserve.

Open hours and price

May, 1st – September, 30th

Daily from 9 to 18

Ticket office

Daily from 9 to 17.30

October, 1st – April, 30th

Tuesday – Sunday from 9 to 18

Ticket office

Tuesday – Sunday from 9 to 17.30

Day off – Monday

How to get to the Kirillo-Belozerski State Historical-Architectural Art Museum-Reserve

From Vologda Bus Station

Bus № 5410(713) to Kirillov (2 hours 45 min trip)

Schedule (2018)

Departure from Vologda

Daily at 07:00 10:50 13:00 15:10 18:30

Departure from Kirillov to Vologda

Daily at 06:00, 09:00, 11:00, 13:45, 15:15, 18:15


Kirillo-Belozerski State Historical-Architectural Art Museum-Reserve website in the Russian, English, Germany, and French languages


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