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Palóc House - Balassagyarmat
The renovated county house
Address: 2660, Balassagyarmat Palóc liget 1.
Phone number: (35) 300-168, (35) 500-133
Opening hours: 01.05-15.11.: Tue-Sat 10-16
architecture, ethnography, permanent exhibition
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Museum tickets, service costs:
Ticket for adults
(26-61 years of age)
500 HUF
/ capita
Ticket for students
(6-26 years of age)
250 HUF
/ capita
Ticket for pensioners
(62-70 years of age)
250 HUF
/ capita
Ticket for families
1100 HUF
/ family
Combined ticket for families
2300 HUF
/ family
Program ticket
400 HUF
Group guide
1800 HUF
Group guide
2300 HUF
Photography
1200 HUF
Photography
1800 HUF
The buildings of the Palóc Museum present the architecture of the villages at the beginning of the 19th century.

The wooden house that was bought for 350 pengős in Karancskeszi and moved to the garden of the museum by farm-wagons represents the old style of the Palóc houses. The only hip-roof the with hole for smoke that survived in Hungary is displayed here. The roof is covered by thatch. The walls of the house are stuck with mud, which were whitened every year. The visitors had to enter over the high threshold. 'Man enters the porch here at your house first'. 'The Palóc called the room house, the kitchen porch, the attic room...' wrote the first researcher of the Palóc, Fábián Szeder in 1835.

The furnishing suggest the large family of the Palóc. The furnace was in the center of the kitchen. The housewife cooked on an installed stone, the so called Seresznyeg. The bread was baked in the furnace, the soup or the cabbage was cooked on it. Next to the furnace stood a bench, the 'szapallya' for the beggars and the uncalled for quests.

The small Palóc wooden house gave home for three or four generations. 20-25 people lived together even at the end of the 19th century. When the boy got married, he took the bride home and lived with her and his family together. The women slept in the 'kamrika', which was the unheated chamber. The barn was taken to Balassagyarmat from Bocsárlapujtő. In the shed a wine press from 1836, in the garden a large oil press can be seen.