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Hungarian Open Air Museum - Szentendre
Easter branch collecting in the Open-Air Museum
Address: 2000, Szentendre Sztaravodai Ăşt
Phone number: (26) 502-500, (26) 502-501
Opening hours: 01.11-27.03.: Sat-Sun 10-16
01.04-31.10.: Tue-Fri 9-17
12-13.11.: 9-18
The Open Air Museum of Szentendre is the central open air collection of Hungary. The mostly original buildings and objects represent the popular architecture of various Hungarian regions and the culture of the inhabitants of villages and small towns, from the end of the 18th century up to the first third of the 20th century. In each region units visitors can also learn about the natuaral environment and flora of the region.

So far we have completed four groups of buildings, which are: the Upper-Tiszanian region, the Kisalföld (small Hungarian plain), the West-Trans-Danubian region, Bakony area and Upper Balaton. A market town of the great Hungarian plains is now under construction. An animal farm aslo belongs to it, where visitors can see all sorts of domestic animals, too.

Visitors can sense the athmosphere of the original villages, as they walk up and down the streets and among the workshops, buildings and yards. Visitors can learn about crafts rare or completely forgotten by today. Traditional feasts, habits and foods of the village society are also represented.

We have been making serious efforts to create a "living museum" by the "speach" of the items we exhibit. Besides looking, visitors can also take part in our programmes in order to discover the rich treasury of our popular arts and traditions.
Permanent exhibitions
A village from South Transdanubia
Southern Transdanubia, i.e. Baranya, Somogy, Tolna and Zala Counties used to be a densely populated area, strewn by small villages, the greater part of which lost its population during the Turkish occupation. Since the 16th century Serbians, Catholic Serbians, Croatians and Hungarians have coexisted in this region. The tradition of busójárás, having been a famous carnival custom for a long time in Mohács, is of Croatian origin. continue
The two rows of houses facing each other in the regional unit are definitely different: on one side there are stately brick buildings while on the other humble, earthen walled, thatched or reed covered ones can be seen. The exhibition's aim is to reflect the ethnographic versatility of Kisalföld through its traditions and changing. continue
The Great Hungarian Plain is generally considered as the typical Hungarian region. The best known Hungarian words all over the world – puszta, csárda, betyár, gulyás, paprika – are also connected here. Specific natural formations of this territory are the bleak flatland with its alkaline soil, the mirage, the sand drift, or the shallow waters and thick reeds providing home for a colourful avifauna. continue