Tips for visit
The Little Wooden Town (1,7 km)
The Little Wooden Town is the oldest part of the museum. The setting roughly imitates the Rožnov square which boasted a number of local burghers’ timbered houses up to the second half of the nineteenth century. It was the effort at saving the houses that initiated the transfer of important monuments to the town park Hájnice. Gradually, it gave rise to an area that is exceedingly picturesque in every season of the year. Along with the original burgher’s house, the town hall and the inn you can visit here the residence of the bailiff from Velké Karlovice, the little timbered church of St. Anna from Větřkovice and the inn ‘Na posledním groši’. The area is complemented by a number of small houses which make it easier for the technical handiness of the local carpenters and shingle makers to stand out. For many years the museum has been famous for its all-year cycle of activities inspired by the calendar of folk customs. The public seem to be greatly fond of the weekend programmes that specialise in presenting the old and disappearing ways of farming, the domestic chores and crafts.
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The Water Mill Valley (2 km)
Mlýnská dolina je nejmladším areálem Valašského muzea v přírodě. Byla otevřena v roce 1982.
Valcha, mlýn a pila jsou kopiemi objektů z Velkých Karlovic. Lisovna oleje je původní stavbou z 18. století. Hamr je rekonstrukcí provozu z Ostravice. S výjimkou lisovny jsou všechny mechanismy
poháněny vodní silou.
The Water Mill Valley is an area composed of technical buildings that have been located on the piece of land around the original millrace since 1982 – the Water Mill, the Woollen Mill for making cloth out of the wool yarn, the Saw Mill for sawing planks, the Oil Crusher and the Hammer Mill. In contrast to similar open-air museums, all of our buildings are in operation and the millers, sawyers and blacksmiths take care to convince you of it daily. Each of these structures that are equipped with admirable mechanisms are driven by the water power and the power of the human arms. All of them are unique evidences of the human resourcefulness, respect for the character of the natural materials and the talent for making the best of the laws of nature. Except for the Oil Crusher, which comes from the seventeenth century, the buildings (that means the Woollen Mill, the Water Mill and the Saw Mill) are replicas of those which used to serve the inhabitants of Velké Karlovice for nearly two hundred years.
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The Wallachian Village (2 km)
The Wallachian Village occupies the largest area of the museum. Its construction began in 1962 and it has not stopped till now. Almost every year new dwelling-houses and farmhouses are built in locations reserved for this purpose beforehand. Individual buildings have been placed in different parts of the Wallachian Village with a remarkable sensibility to the character of the countryside. Our objective is to reconstruct the typical human residence in the countryside which has been reshaped by the local people for generations. Clusters of dwelling-houses and farmhouses alternate with tiny fields, fruit trees, little gardens, beehives and cattle pens. The area is animated by horse breeding, cattle breeding and poultry farming, however, the centre of attraction is the flock of sheep called ‘valaška’ which is recorded in the Book of the European gene pool. Presently, the interiors of ten timbered houses are prepared for your visit along with the farmhouses, wells, a fruit-drying kiln, school, belfry, wind mill and a smithy.
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Pustevny (21 km)
The recreational and tourist centre with historical timber buildings designed by architect Dušan Jurkovič. At present the Pustevny area consists of several buildings - Libušín, hotel Maměnka, Pustevenka and Valašská zvonice (Wallachian belfry).
Pustevny became a popular tourist centre at the end of the nineteenth century. At that time local tourist club, Pohorská jednota Radhošť, asked the Slovakian architect Dušan Jurkovič for co-operation in creating some buildings. He designed and realized (with builder Michal Urbánek from Vsetín) two refuges in the style influenced by the folk timbered architecture that might be named "folk secession or folk art nouveau". In 1898 Maměnka was built and then Libušín one year later. The interiors designed by Dušan Jurkovič were greatly impressive owing to the composition and the colour scale inspired by the folk art. It also contains pictures depicting historical scenes that were designed by painter Mikoláš Aleš. The nearby belfry also belongs to the complex of buildings.
The houses was functional till the middle of the nineties of the twentieth century - in 1995 the declaration of the complex as a national monument was put through and the Wallachian Open Air Museum was entrusted with its management. The museum initiated a general repair and reconstruction of the buildings, arranged for the restoration of the interior decorations and provided replicas of the original furniture and lighting installations. Early in 1998 the restorers started repairing the belfry decoration and a year later Libušín, Pustevenka, and finally Maměnka (in 2003), were opened to the public.
These buildings, along with the Wallachian Open Air Museum, represent unique monuments in the north-eastern part of the Czech Republic.
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