At the walls of the Ipatiev monastery you can see a curious place, the wooden architecture museum called Kostroma Sloboda. There had been moved there wooden churches, residential houses and outhouses from nearby villages.
Museum of Wooden Architecture Kostroma Sloboda was created in 1955, when they began to bring to the walls of the Ipatiev monastery the most interesting items of the Russian wooden architecture. At the entrance to the museum there is a pond where you can have a boat ride, and on its bank you can see a beautiful tiered church of the Virgin Mary from the village Kholm dating back to 1552. You can see a wooden church of about the same age, that of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary (1539) at the Vitoslavitsy museum in Novgorod the Great.
The other exhibits, mainly izbas (log huts) of 16-18 centuries, are placed along the main street of the Kostroma Sloboda. There you can see both the izbas of well-to-do peasants and merchants, and the simplest peasant izbas – all in all 28 houses and structures. You can see the interiors of residential spaces and outhouses.