Museum of Orava Village, Zuberec

Múzeum oravskej dediny, Zuberec
Contact: Richard Janoštín Director
Contact: Marianna Janoštínová (f) Researcher
Brestová 850, 027 32 Zuberec, Slovakia
421 (0) 43 539 5149
Oct-May: 8am-3.30pm Tue-Fri, 10am-3.30pm Sat-Sun, closed Mon; Jun and Sep: 8am-5pm daily; Jul-Aug: 8am-6pm daily

Orava is a region in the northernmost part of Slovakia. Covering 8 hectares in a beautiful landscape under the West Tatra mountains, Museum of Orava village displays rural building, living and farming in Orava region in the past.Originally, there were only pastures in this place. In 1967 building of the museum began and succesively 56 houses from various Orava villages were removed here. Almost all of them are wooden log-cabin houses, so they were disassembled at the original place, removed to the museum and here reassembled.

The museum is divided to few parts, that imitate particular parts of Orava region: Lower Orava Market Place, Upper Orava Street, Goral Farmsteads. There are several technical facilities in the museum: water-mill, fulling-mill, mangle for coloured linen finishing, oil-press, pottery kiln etc. At a small hill above this „village“ there is a wooden gothical church of St. Elisabeth of Hungary (15th century).

As you pass through the museum area, you can see typical equipment and tools that peasants used and you will discover their life style. During the summer you can see small fields and animals (sheep, goats, geese, hens, horses) that belonged to the life of farmers, too. You can watch some craftsmen at work or visit some events and become familiar with folk music and dance.