In this trip you will visit the factory where the world famous matryoshka doll is made, you will learn why Svetly Yar is called Atlantis and you will see the life of a peasant in the second half of the XIX century. This route is perfect for Sunday: this is the day when the museums that you are going to visit have the most convenient working schedule. But you can also take a trip on a weekday. On Saturday, most museums are either closed or only open at certain hours. To avoid wasting time in restaurants and cafes, take water and snacks for lunch with you. By dinner time you will be back in Nizhny Novgorod.
Go to one of the tourist towns of Nizhny Novgorod region, where you can buy everybody's favorite Russian souvenir - matryoshka, visit the lake Svetloyar and learn the legend of Kitezh hailstones.
An exciting journey awaits you! Before a long and interesting journey, we recommend stopping at a proven gas station - fill up with quality fuel a full tank and take a cup of delicious coffee to make the road more comfortable.
The museum is located in the building of the former village school. The first part of the museum is dedicated to the history of the village and Lake Svetloyar, and the second part to ceramics. The legend of the castle Kitezh made the lake Svetloyar famous all over the world. The unique chemical composition of water and its purity is the subject of scientific research. The museum contains materials of expeditions and artistic images of the lake. Opening hours: Summer time (May 1-31 October): 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Kitezh museum: daily ITC "Grad Kitezh": weekend Monday Winter time (November 1 - April 30) from 10:00 till 16:00 Saturday - off The History and Art Museum "Kitezh" cash desk closes 1 hour before closing the museum!
After the museum, take a walk along Lake Svetloyar to the wooden chapel for atmospheric photos.
And now for the souvenirs! How about a matryoshka doll? On the territory of the Semyonovskaya Painting Factory, visitors will be introduced to the history of the Semyonovskaya Matryoshka doll and will be shown a huge collection of these ancient toys. The museum can be visited on their own or order an excursion. Also, master classes are held here. Detailed information about the prices for visits and master classes can be found at [website](https://www.srosp.com/muzei). Registration for excursions and master classes is possible by phone 8 (831-62)-5-61-44. Working hours: Mon: EXCEPT. Tue-Fri: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm Saturday-Saturday: 9:30 - 14:00
Next, go to Semen Lozhkar's house. The house-museum is built according to all the canons of wooden architecture. Here you'll learn everything about the life of a peasant in the second half of the 19th century. Various master classes, interactive programmes and excursions are held for visitors here. Working schedule: Mon-Fri: 9.00 - 18.00, Sat: 9.00 - 13.00, Sun: 10.00 - 16.00 Details can be found on [website](http://www.semenov-museum.ru/uslugi-muzeya-narodnogo-byta), and you can make an appointment for a tour by phone: 8 (83162) 5-61-41, 8 (920) 252-72-00.