We would be hard-pressed to find someone who had not heard about the traditional Russian footwear for winter, called Valenki or Felt boots. Its name, in the Russian language, means "made by felting." Valenki were an essential part of Russian national costume, the Russian way of life, winter and even the Russian character. There are many proverbs connected with Valenki. Even in the 20th century, Valenki used to be the choice of many Russians and it was a trendy, rustic style of dress. They used to save Russian soldiers from being frozen to death, during WWII and it would have been completely impossible to carry out expeditions to the new regions of North and South Poles without them.
That is the main reason why Valenki are really worthy of displaying in the museum and, now, it is possible to visit this unique museum "Russian Valenki", opened not too long ago, in December, 2001. Over the course of time, the museum has gained popularity with tourists wishing to know more about our culture.
The museum exhibition includes a large collection of different models of felt boots, ranging from embroidered items of the end of the 19th century to those worn by our sportsmen during the Olympic Games of 2002 as well as some creations by modern designers. Here you will get to know a lot more about this traditional footwear, the craftsmen’s knowledge and you will be told about the process of making felt boots.
Make a decision to see this Museum called “Russian Valenki.” The atmosphere of the museum is as warm as these traditional felt boots.
The tour takes approximately 1 hour.
- Guide-interpreter (English, Spanish, French or German);
- Museum guide;
- Entrance tickets;
- Tour at the museum.
N.B. - We can arrange transportation to museum if needed (extra charge).