Kizhi - a historic, cultural and natural complex - is a unique historic area having no equal in the European North of Russia reflecting the concentration of the monuments of our heritage. Both the monuments originally built on the site and those brought here from other parts of the Republic make up the museum collection and represent the main aspects of the traditional culture of the ingenious peoples of Karelia ( Karelians, Russians, Vepsians). Monuments and museum collections consist of: 70 monuments of traditional folk architecture including the ensemble of the Kizhi Pogost. Archaeological monuments, historic settlements within the Kizhi Community. More than 30,000 artefacts in the main museum collections.
The area of the island is about 10,000 ha of the territory -a picturesque lake-shore landscape with signs of centuries-long land use. Over 1,500 sq.m. of the exposition area.
In 1990 the architectural ensemble of the Kizhi Pogost and the surrounding architectural and landscape environment within the limits of the protected area of the museum was included into the World Heritage List of UNESCO.