The extensive Kraevedchesky Museum is in the 17th century Gavriilovsky Korpus. Beyond all the stuffed mammals (go on, make that bear growl) is a rich prehistory section including a 3500-year-old lady skeleton clasping at her modesty.
One of several fine old wooden buildings at the northern end of Leningradskaya houses this lovable little museum evoking the life of a 19th century, 17-child middle-class family. Amid portraits and old dolls are musical boxes and an old gramophone that still plays. A selection of beautiful photos showcase other examples of Vologda’s historic wooden architecture.
In the fine Marfin Mansion, the Lair of Art Gallery hosts occasional miniconcerts, but is most interesting for its furnished interior and large model of how Arkhangelsk looked a century ago.
Just outside the Kremlin enclosure, the amply domed 1776 Resurrection Cathedral adds photogenic foreground to Kremlin views. It also houses an art gallery of regularly changing exhibits.
Several potentially fabulous old churches lie in various stages of neglect, notably the run-down 1731 Stretenskaya Church with kremlin views through the cow parsley.
Climbing St Sofia’s separate 78.5m, gold-topped bell tower offers novel, photogenic views down upon the cathedral’s grand onion domes.
The ethno-fun continues here with low-key musical, dance and folklore events held outside most weekend evenings in summer.
The Fine Arts Museum features medieval icons, folk art and works inspired by the Kalevala .
AA Borisov’s works are shown at the AA Borisov Museum , an unmarked brick house.
The splendid 1669 Nikolaya Church has oversized domes that almost seem to grow together
Dmitri Prilytskogo Church has pretty star-spangled domes.