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Museum vivum – living museum

„We don´t want to build a dead store of buildings and objects, we want to build a living museum with the help of practical ethnology where the traditions, which have been inherited in Wallachia, the typical breeds and dwellings of the people are kept alive by means of work , customs, dances, songs and ceremonies.“

This was the idea, very modern for that time (in 1932), expressed by the founder of the Wallachian Open Air Museum, Mr.Bohumír Jaroněk.

An open air museum is often called skansen..This expression is derived from the Stockholm Skansen, the first open air museum in the world,which was launched in 1891 by Dr.Arthur Hazelius.The word skansen is often used in our country as well as in some other countries.

There is the Folklore Summer Festival – organized regularly each season (every Saturday and Sunday in summer) in the Wallachian Open Air Museum.. The International Folklore Festival „Rožnov Festivities“ is held every two years. Folklore ensembles, song and dance groups perform there and at the present time live demonstrations of country crafts and traditional folk customs are shown. We can mention some special events: the Lent and Easter customs, the washing of the clothes, potters´ or smiths´ days, wood carvers´ meeting, fairs and Christmas carol-singing.

„Dances, folk ceremonies, entertainments and games cannot be deposited in museums. They live only if they are danced, performed and experienced again. Therefore the joyous performance of national songs and other customs of our people, brightened by genuine Wallachian costumes, fill the court-yard of the museum village as a part of the museum.“
These founder Bohumír Jaroněk´s words are fulfilled every year.



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