Taltsy is a wonderful place on the bank of the Angara river. It's an open-air museum of wooden architecture.
There you can learn a lot about life of different local peoples inhabiting Siberia from the 17th century.
Some of the houses were moved to the museum because they had stood on the area which was later flooded (when building dambs on the Angara). So these ones are genuine and some of them are over 300 years old!
It's possible to go inside each wooden house, so that you feel like a guest in a Tungus or Cossac family, or witness village kids studying in church school.
As Taltsy is the place keeping old Russian and Siberian traditions, some craftmen and performance artists can be met there (like a potter, a blacksmith, and folk singers). They also sell their craft as souvenirs.
Visiting Taltsy always brings me the feeling of miracle - like I'm back in time and my great grandma is about to run towards me as a young happy lady. I'll be happy to share the feeling and all my knowledge about locals with you!
Taltsy is 70 kilometers away from Irkutsk. Cost of the excursion includes transfer there and back and guidance. Duration includes time for the car journey as well.
Entrance fee is paid extra (250 rubles per person).