Open-air museums of the Tatras: Discover the beauty of ancient wooden houses

Which view comes to your mind first when you say an open-air museum? Is it Cicmany, Vlkolinec or Pribylina? Typical wooden houses mapping the history and traditions of our ancestors are scattered throughout Slovakia. Therefore, it is difficult to choose the most beautiful or interesting one. Unique open-air museums fascinate visitors also in the Tatras. Get to know those which you may not have known before.

High Tatras

An archaeological museum will grow under the Tatras

Have you heard of Soldov? In this small defunct settlement under the Tatras lying in the cadastral area of ​​the Strba village, an archaeological museum is currently being created. People from the village, who are not indifferent to the history of the settlement and the whole region, contributed to it. Although Soldov is not much talked about and probably only a handful of people know it, the settlement is important from an archaeological point of view and gradually exposes its secrets. The research conducted so far has found the foundations of a sacral building, a cemetery, houses, various metal objects, and coins.

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Interesting fact: The word open-air museum came to us from Sweden. The first such museum of folk culture was created in this Nordic country, namely in Skansen Park in Stockholm.

The Museum of Folk Culture hides traditions

The village of Lendak still boasts preserved traditions, customs, Goral dialects and beautiful folk costumes. Although there is no open-air museum in the village, the Lendak people can take pride in their own museum of folk culture. Expositions in the museum help visitors to get to know the life of local ancestors better – handicraft production, clothing or housework.

(Photo: Rastislav Ovšonka, Podtatranské noviny)

(Photo: Rastislav Ovšonka, Podtatranské noviny)

Just a minute from the Tatras

One of the newest open-air museums in Slovakia is located in Stará Ľubovňa. Below the castle is an exposition with 25 buildings, the most important of which is the Greek Catholic Church of Matysova. However, there are more interesting buildings, many of which have been moved here from the regions of Spiš and Šariš. Those that deserve attention include the Sulin mill, the blacksmith’s forge, the carpentry workshop or the numerous 20th-century houses.


Interesting fact: In the wooden church of Matysova, there are still worships in Old Slavonic during important church holidays.

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Ľubovniansky skanzen patrí k najmladším na Slovensku, verejnosti bol sprístupnený v roku 1985 a v súčasnosti ho tvorí 25 objektov. Dominantou expozície je zrubový gréckokatolícky kostolík východného obradu z Matysovej z roku 1833, zasvätený sv. Michalovi archanjelovi.  Z ďalších objektov sú v expozícii zastúpené zrubové obytné domy postavené na začiatku a v prvej tretine 20. storočia z Veľkého Lipníka, Litmanovej, Veľkej Lesnej, Údola, Jakubian, Kremnej, Kamienky a Jarabiny. Okrem tradičných hospodárskych objektov, ktoré sú súčasťou usadlostí (maštaľ, stodola, sýpka) sú tu postavené aj sezónne poľné obydlia, charakteristické pre región Spiša. Súčasťou expozície sú aj technické stavby, ktoré reprezentuje napríklad zrubová kováčska vyhňa. . 📸 od @murcko_martin 👏👏👏 . Info: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #milujemvychod #vychod #vychodneslovensko #slovakia #slovensko #slowakei #mesto #genuine_pics #staralubovna #chata #skanzen #hrad #houses #eastslovakia #easternslovakia #skanzenstaralubovna #woodenhouse #unesco #worldheritage #culture #architecture #architecturehunter #townscape #architectureporn #town #slovaktown #architectureloverspics #architecturelover #dedina #village

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A jewel in Zamagurie

Near the High Tatras, visitors love to visit the village Osturňa to see traditional Goral houses or a living open-air museum. The typical wooden houses and the untouched nature of Zamagurie captivate many tourists passing through the area. The open-air museum in Osturuňa is not artificially created, as it still has approximately 300 inhabitants. If you are lucky and stop by, the locals will be happy to talk about life in the village and introduce their habits or a unique dialect (so-called hvara).

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Interesting fact: In 1979 the village of Osturna was given the status of a folk architecture reservations.


Low Tatras

Although the Low Tatras cannot boast of preserved open-air museums, they still have a lot to offer in terms of history and traditional Slovak culture. It is definitely worth visiting the picturesque villages at the foothills. Nižná Boca, Vyšná Boca, Pohorelá, Šumiac and Telgárt are villages that you will love at first sight. Feeling the architecture of wooden houses, you will feel that time has stopped here. If you are eager for knowledge and are interested in the lives of local people, you can not miss local museums (eg. Liptov Museum in Ružomberok), where you can see expositions related to mining, but also the daily life of families who lived here.

West Tatras

If we have not yet oversaturated you with open-air museums, we have two more tips for places you have to see. You must follow them to the Western Tatras.

In the footsteps of the Celts

It is worth mentioning the unique natural archaeological museum Havránok, which is the evidence of the Celts in Slovakia. From spring to late autumn you can stroll through the archaeological park and admire many renovated buildings: kilns for firing ceramics, houses, mounds. In summer you can relax in the area while watching cultural events: fencing fights or demonstrations of craft activities.

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Admire traditions, learn crafts

We will stay in Liptov for a little and introduce you to the second exceptional open-air museum, which you can visit here. The Museum of the Liptov Village in Pribylina is a unique form of buildings that is located here. While walking through the museum, you will be hit by a Gothic-Renaissance mansion from Paris and the Church of Our Lady of LiptovskaáMara, where fragments of the original wall paintings were saved. You can also use the time spent admiring important buildings to improve your skills. In the summer season, you can learn the crafts (weaving, lacing, basket knitting) that will teach you in the school of folk crafts.

Museum of the Liptov Village in Pribylina (Foto:

Interesting fact: Cultural monuments were transported to the museum from eleven flooded villages.

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