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Open Air Folklore Museum in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm

We were spending our prolonged weekend in the east Moravia. We had an accommodation in Kunčice pod Ondřejníkem where we could rent bicycles. The farm owners where we were staying recommended us to make a trip to the Open Air Folklore Museum in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm. We had never heard about it before, but we liked what we were told about it.

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One morning we had a breakfast, rented two bicycles and started our trip to Rožnov pod Radhoštěm. It was an about 15 kilometres long way. But quite heavy. We were glad that we had a good training

Museum in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm
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But I must say that the hilly way to the Open Air Folklore Museum in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm was worth it. We liked the museum a lot.

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The museum consists of four parts: the Wooden Townlet, the Wallachian Village, the Water Mill Valley and the Pustevny. We did not visit the Pustevny,  just the other three parts of the museum. But we liked it a lot.

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We were brought to the nineteenth century; and were surprised that some people really live in the museum to keep the buildings alive. 

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The principal characteristic of the museum is the effort to revive the forgotten traditional technologies,

 folk art and traditions, as well as to reconstruct the social life, business activities and the past-times of our ancestors.

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The largest part of the museum is made by the Wallachian Village. It encompasses several farmsteads, wells, bell towers, windmills, gardens and others. All of them are set in the landscape and they copy the character of the traditional Wallachian villages. Even the domestic animals are bred in the village, various rare fruit trees grow there and some characteristic farm products are produced on the local small fields. We absolutely could feel the atmosphere of the old times when people had to endure many hardships to survive and yet were able to live in harmony with nature, respecting its laws and rhythms.

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The wooden townlet embodies the distinctive spirit of vernacular Moravian municipal architecture of the late 19th and early 20th century. Combining both – the relocated original houses and the newly built buildings fitted with the interior exhibitions, the Wooden Townlet represents an open-air display of the traditional style of living, home-run trades and crafts and municipal and ecclesiastical institutions in the Rožnov area.

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The Water Mill Valley is the youngest part of the museum. The actual construction was preceded by the idea to document the technical skills and efforts of our ancestors to make some purposeful use of everything that the nature offers. Water had a unique position – in addition to its use in households, it was a very useful source of power to set the mechanisms of individual machines into motion. We really admired the old people who were able to make such technologies so many years ago. And also admire the today people who take care of this museum.

All year round, the museum organizes folklore performances of both folklore ensembles and authentic performers. Major events include the Rožnov Festival (Rožnovské slavnosti ) and the Wallachian Fair (Valašský jarmark). We did not see any of them and are quite sorry for that. I am sure they would be interesting and nice.

Where to find the Open Air Folklore Museum in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm

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