Sep, Russia


In beautiful, hospitable Udmurtia, not far from the village of Igra, there is a small village called Sep. It contains the origins of Udmurt culture, where Udmurt speech is an integral part of the village. Almost all residents are ethnic Udmurts. Life in the countryside is not only about enjoying beautiful nature, but also about a lasting feeling of freedom and even alienation from reality. Sep - three small cozy streets (Truda, Shkolnaya and Yuzhnaya), a little over 400 residents and the Sep river, dividing the village into two parts. Modest houses, friendly residents, children greeting unfamiliar guests.

The village could have been the most ordinary and inconspicuous if not for its active residents, their desire to do good deeds and create. Yes, so that not only people would not leave, but, on the contrary, young people would return to the village. Until recently, everything here was dilapidated and faded, the local club and library were falling into disrepair. But one day everything changed and Sep blossoms! All this is thanks to the efforts of local caring residents.

This village has become famous for the Museum of Vanished Villages and the modern House of Culture, which even the capital’s super-comfortable centers can envy.

The "People's Museum of Vanished Villages" was created on the initiative of local residents. The museum tells about the fate of seven villages of the Igrinsky district of Udmurtia - Bisar (Maly Pezhvay), Yzhnyuk (Verz-Palym), Pezhvay Yyl (Verkh Pezhvay), Luzhany, Mitroki and Troitskoye (New Village), Nikolaevka, Palym. These villages repeated the fate of thousands of villages in Russia, falling under the program of liquidation of “unpromising” villages. The villages disappeared one after another from the late 1960s to the 2000s.

The idea for the museum originates from seven albums made at meetings of residents of disappeared villages in 2014. The first “Day of Villages” holiday took place, they created an album and submitted an application for a presidential grant competition, but it was not supported then. In 2016-2017, the museum creation team recorded memories, looked for photographs, objects, songs, documents in the archives and submitted an application to the Potanin Foundation to create a museum. This time she was supported.

In addition, in the same year the museum also received a presidential grant. In 2017, a lot of work was done to develop the exhibition, build and create museum catalogs, but this work does not end with the opening. The exhibition is constantly updated.

The experience of creating a small museum about disappeared villages is an attempt to tell about the fate of an individual, a family, a settlement. To see the small, almost imperceptible in the global history of the world. The museum is only about seven villages, but in essence it is a big history and the fate of thousands of settlements in Russia. And it was created in memory of all the disappeared villages of the country.



The village is located 15 km east of the regional center - the village of Igra. The village is located on both banks of the river Sep.

On the territory of the village there are Truda, Shkolnaya and Yuzhnaya streets.



In 2016-2018, at the initiative of the villagers, the People's Museum of Disappeared Villages was created, dedicated to the history of the villages of Bisar (Maly Pezhvai), Yzhnyuk (Verkh-Palym), Pezhvai Yil (Verkh Pezhvai), Luzhany, Mitroki and Troitskoe (Novaya Derevnya) , Nikolaevka, Palym, which existed until the beginning of the XXI century on the territory of Udmurtia.

Since 2017, every year at the end of May, in the vicinity of the village, the festival "Italmas Flower Blossom Time" (Udm. Italmas syaskayaskon hole) dedicated to the culture of the Udmurts has been held.


Folk Museum of Disappeared Villages
Excellent museum. It combines a modern vision of museum art and traditional elements. Located from Izhevsk about 100 km (1-1.5 hours drive). The villagers themselves collected all the exhibits of this museum, which already makes it unique. It is useful to visit for everyone who wants to get acquainted with the life of the Udmurt villages and touch the history that is being written right now!


I really liked the museum. A combination of modern technologies (you can watch videos - interviews of people who lived in the disappeared villages; special screens with headphones are installed for this - it gives the impression of communicating with a person) and a standard museum (antique utensils, photographs), the guide answers all questions. Satisfied with the visit.

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Museum unique for Russia. In the fall of 2018, the "Cultural Quarter" will open here, continuing and developing the traditions of the museum. Interesting exhibits, unusual interior design, local guides
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