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Doukhobor Village Museum
Castlegar, British Columbia

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The Doukhobor Village Museum will introduce you to Doukhobor culture and their unique lifestyle as it evolved in the Kootenay region of British Columbia from 1908 to 1938. Over 1,000 artifacts represent the pioneering, fascinating arts and crafts, customs and religion of the people. You will see the petch (bread-baking oven), the wood-fired banya (sauna), naturally dyed fabrics and clothing made from home manufactured linen, hemp, and wool, as well as tools and implements that were used in the last century, all set amidst an authentic reconstructed communal village.

This enjoyable and unique museum is nestled in a beautiful historic setting on the banks of the Columbia River on traditional Doukhobor orchard land near the original settlement of 1908. Here, you can learn about the origin of the Doukhobor people as you stroll through the spacious grounds containing heritage plants under the benign gaze of a distinctive statue of Leo Tolstoy, sympathizer and benefactor of the Doukhobors.

Books, Doukhobor craft items, music and films are available for purchase in the Village Art Gallery/Craft Center, which also features art displays by Doukhobor artists. Our Audio Visual Gallery features continuous film documentaries, a photo archive and new exhibits yearly relating to the Doukhobors of yesterday and today. Several times a week the Selkirk Weavers' Guild presents weaving and spinning demonstrations.

Nearby are other features of historical interest such as the Doukhobor Suspension Bridge built by hand in 1913, a National Heritage Site, and the scenic tomb of the charismatic leader, Peter V. Verigin, near Brilliant, the site of the original settlement. The Doukhobor Village Museum is a heritage highlight and a 'must see' of the Kootenays.

The Doukhobor Village Museum is located across from the Airport in Castlegar and is open 10 - 6 daily from May 1 to September 30.

The Doukhobor Village Museum
112 Heritage Way,
Castlegar, BC
V1N 4M5
Tel: 1-250-365-5327
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