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Hungarian Open Air Museum - Szentendre
Easter branch collecting in the Open-Air Museum
Address: 2000, Szentendre Sztaravodai ├║t
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 Kisalf├Âld (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
Bakony evokes hills covered with woods, while Balaton-Uplands recall gentle slopes rising above the glistening water and interesting volcanic shapes planted with grapes and press-houses. In the villages whitewashed, adorned gables, vaulted porches catches the eyes of the visitors together with colourful stone walls emerging from beneath the crumbling mortar. continue
Kereszt├ęly, L┼Ĺrinc, J├ínos, Anna or Ter├ęz? Who are they? Where are they from? What happened to them and their family after WWII? Our permanent exhibitio is to remember the history of the house in Hidas where a Swabian family used to live in the past.

The exhibition is to remember the substitution of Swabian families in the village of Hidas after WWII, with all the pain and difficulties of the events. Entering the rooms, the visitors find situation cards which direct them to take on the role of someone who once used to live there. Walking on, the visitors may identify more and more with their character. They can find out about what kind of food their character used to have, how it was dressed, and finally, all the fear, chaos of the times when she or he had to leave his or her home.

So, who was Jusztina, Aladár, Lajos? Learn more about them!

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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