The museum opened in 1992 is located 12 km far from the city of Vologda on a high bank of the Vologda River. Historically this land belonged to the ancient Barskoye settlement (now the Mayskiy settlement). The total area of the museum is 12,7 hectares. Now there are 19 buildings in the museum: 10 houses, 6 barns, an ice-house, a bath-house and a chapel. All the buildings were erected in the second half of the 19th – early 20th centuries. The expositions in the houses are about different types of peasant’s activity. The section “Vologda Fair” representing a fair square with trading rows of stalls, swing and carousel is a part of the museum complex. Ethnographic and folklore festivities, festivals and theatrical shows are arranged there.