“Fortress of the Black Bear” museum of living history of the Viking age

Republic of Karelia

Contact information

Republic Of Karelia, Sortavala, ul. Priozernaya

Tel.: +7 (921) 740-97-59, +7 (921) 595-60-07

E-mail: ataka76@mail.ru



Operating hours

Daily from 11:00 to 19:00, museum ticket office – till 18:00

Ticket price

Excursion tickets – 200-450 rubles

Master-classes – from 100 rubles per person

The owner of the museum

Alexander Valentinovich Testov

The director of the museum

Timofey Vladimirovich Grigoriev



About museum

Our team has been successfully implementing museum projects of living history since 2012. From 2012 to 2016, three museums were established in the Leningrad Region. But we wanted to make our dream come true of gathering museums of different fields in one place with a developed infrastructure, the ability to conduct educational activities and Patriotic education, and in the end to provide a simple opportunity to have a good time with your family. Thus the Bastion Historical Park appeared which currently operates two museums of living history: the “Fortress of the Black Bear” museum of the Viking age and the “Military History Museum”, named after Colonel A. L. Bondarev.

The museum presents a collection of costumes from Slavic, Finno-Ugric and Scandinavian people, weapons and armor, as well as utensils and household items and a large collection of ceramics. The museum’s exhibits also include all the buildings and structures on the museum’s territory, including a pier with replicas of ships from the 8th–9th centuries.

The museum is part of the Bastion Historical Park.