Open-air museum in Strážnice

There is an open-air museum in the Moravian town Strážnice, which has been open since 1981. It shows traditional architecture and history of living styles of South-East Moravian villages of the area called Slovácko. The terrain of the museum was modelled and planted so that the area resembled the original locations.

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– look at the inventively woven fence and roof –

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– a detail of the roof in the photo above taken from its downside –

When I was watching photographs of the museum displayed on the Internet, I didn’t find them very interesting. The place looked still and abandoned, as if life escaped from it. But as one day was supposed to be cold and rainy and the museum was situated very near to the camp where we were staying, we chose visiting it on that day. Just as a backup option. Well, I found out that the real scenery looked very different to me. Much more interesting and kind of picturesque.

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You can choose between a guided tour of the museum or a self-paced examination. We chose the latter and intended just to have a look at the buildings from the outside and take a few photos.

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– I’m not sure but this building might have been used as a hen house –

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– definitely a bee house –

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– a house for keeping hay –

So I was surprised that even without a guide we could enter several buildings where a person dressed in a local national costume was informing all incoming visitors about facts related to the exposition of that particular building.

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There was a girl who related customs and rituals pregnant women and women having delivered a baby had to undergo each time they had a child. There was a woman who spoke about ways of washing and ironing and showed us various equipment used in several periods of the past. There was a young man dressed as a weaver who showed us the way of weaving on a loom and pillows weaved with typical patterns for that area. There was a girl who asked our 9-year-old son to come to her and first to tell her what kind of corn and pulses she had prepared in several bowls and then to try to identify them just by touch.

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– growing grapevine is typical for this part of Moravia –

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– wine cellars –

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Would you be surprised if I told you that we spent several hours in the museum and really enjoyed it? One shouldn’t judge what they see at first sight, let alone not with their own eyes.

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14 Comments

  1. Your photos are fabulous, Petra. Great detail on the fence and the roof. At first look, I thought the hen house might have been a feed bin for animal feed. The bee house is so colorful. The hay house reminded me of a child's playhouse. But my favorite photo of all is the one of the wine cellars. The color and composition on that one are so pleasing to the eye. Nice job, my friend.

    1. Linda, thank you. The photo of the wine cellars looks almost too colourful to me so I’m really glad it’s someone’s favourite. I like the hen house or whatever it used to be, it looks so practical! Every bit of it used…

      PS The hay house was used in shooting a story for children once and it looked so “real” in the movie!

  2. Red

    The woven fences are interesting because we had them here when the Europeans emigrated here. Historical buildings are interesting because of their structure. They had to use materials that were in the area.

    european people emigraed here.

  3. I found all of this post really interesting – mostly how they wove the roof and fence. I think that is really impressive. I liked all the buildings, but loved the bee hive. You have some really interesting history here Petra and very nice read. Thank you 🙂
    We have a similar area not far from here called "Kings Landing" – it is an old farm settlement, and everything there is the way life was back in olden times. I have been there and found it a great place to visit and learn how things were done and not quite like our modern conveniences of today. I think everyone should learn this, especially in our very technological world, much is being lost. Cheers, Eh 🙂

    1. Lilly, thank you. The roof looked so different when you looked at it from below than what one saw from the upper view.

      We surely spend too much money for things we don’t really need and could definitely live in a much cheaper way. But it’s difficult as we are influenced so much by our surroundings, all we see, all we long for. I like the modern conveniences and wouldn’t want to live without them but I’m afraid we pay quite a high price for them in many regards. Much is being lost, I agree with that. And yet, much is being gained, what a weird equation.

  4. I LOVE what we call open-air museums, Petra, that tell us about how life was lived in different countries and cultures…and years past. I have been to one in Oslo twice now…and one in America's south (Georgia) not far from Atlanta. So I know exactly what you mean. They're wonderful and so educational.

  5. Very interesting collection of buildings. I don't remember ever seeing a blue roof before but I love the colour contrasts and the work that has gone into the construction. Great set of shots.

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