The house was built in the first half of the 19 th century (1814) for the local, wealthy farmer Melkin, who delivered natural stone (crimson quartz rock and gabbro-diabase) to construction sites in St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk. Melkin’s House is a homestead characteristic of the Prionezhye Veps people. The wealth of decorative elements incorporated in this house is common to houses built by the Veps. This two-storey building with a mansard is currently occupied by the Veps Ethnographical Museum of Sheltozero.
The Veps Ethnographical Museum of Sheltozero is located in a building constructed in 1814, which is a monument of wooden architecture. The museum is visited annually by approximately twelve thousand people. The museum offers excursions on foot and by bus, classes, lectures, and festivals. Visitors can familiarise themselves with Veps history, the nature and geography of the land, traditional Veps lifestyle, houses and household buildings, clothing, traditional crafts, and examples of folk art. Contemporary computer technologies are used in excursions and classes. Classes and excursions for school children are planned taking into consideration the school curriculum in order to supplement courses in history, geography, and literature. Recreational programmes make the leisure time of both children and adults interesting and educational.