Archaeological Open-Air Museum

From Gastonia to Gotha: My Thoughts and Impressions on doing Museum Work

Doug Meyer (US)
What I consider my first real museum work came from a message on my phone on January 9th from Ann Tippitt, the Director of the Schiele Museum in Gastonia, North Carolina. Ann asked if I was interested in outfitting a Catawba Indian mannequin for the exhibit. Ann wanted a complete set of clothes, weapons and gear...

Zemeraj Nature Adventure Park (CZ)

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The Nature Adventure Park Zeměráj was founded in 2011 by a private company, funded from private sources without any public subsidies. The Park is situated between Central and Southern Bohemia, near Kovářov village at Orlík nad Vltavou castle.

The Nature Adventure Park Zeměráj was founded in 2011 by a private company, funded from private sources without any public subsidies. The Park is situated between Central and Southern Bohemia, near Kovářov village at Orlík nad Vltavou castle. The Zeměráj Park covers an area of 9 hectares and surrounds a former farmhouse with a preserved timbered house dating back to 1640, standing at the site of a defunct water mill founded at the very latest at the beginning of the 16th century...

Cyprus Perfumery Theme Park (CY)

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Κυπριακό Θεματικό Πάρκο Αρωματοποιίας - The Cyprus Perfumery Theme Park is a very large scale project that aims to create a space, in which, aside from showcasing the various ancient methods of producing perfume the visitor will be able to experience them first-hand as well. The idea for the park came with the discovery of the most ancient perfume in Pyrgos by the Italian archaeologist Maria Rosaria Belgiorno and the park is based, in big part, on this.

It is divided into four main sub-projects, the first one being a faithful reconstruction of the ancient site of Pyrgos as it was found by the archaeologists. The second is another reconstruction, this time of the ancient perfumery lab as it is believed to have looked and operated by the archaeologists. The third offers the visitor a glimpse into the past as well as the present by showcasing the various ways in which perfume has been produced throughout the ages.

Skansen Archeologiczny Karpacka Troja (PL)

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The Carpathian Troy Archaeological Open-Air Museum in Trzcinica, a branch of Podkarpackie Museum in Krosno, has been created to protect and promote one of the most important archaeological sites in Poland – the hillfort in Trzcinica. The museum is located in the area of West Carpathian Mountains, just near one of the most easily accessible passes in the whole Carpathian massif. 

The archaeological open-air museum the Carpathian Troy, a branch of Podkarpackie Museum in Krosno, has been created to protect and promote one of the most important archaeological sites in Poland – the hillfort in Trzcinica. The museum is located in the area of West Carpathian Mountains, just near one of the most easily accessible passes in the whole Carpathian massif...

Archéosite de Pont Croix 1358 (FR)

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No

The Archéosite de Pont Croix 1358 presents everyday life in Brittany in the middle of the 14th century. The site is managed by an association for historical reconstruction. For 10 years, we are interested in the period 1340-1360 and in addition to our military company, we decided in 2015 to embark on the adventure of building a Breton village.

We recreate homes, crafts houses and military structures, to create a complete visit to a village reconstructed from this time. We build the buildings with materials from nearby, the wood comes from the trees of the nearby forest and the clay for the mud walls is extracted at the village. We only use reconstructed tools for our constructions in order to better understand the problems encountered then.

The site opens every day in July and August from 14:00h until 18:30h. 

IJzertijdboerderij Dongen (NL)

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Yes

The Iron Age Farm Dongen is a project in which a group of enthusiastic volunteers since 2005 visitors want to show, feel, hear, smell, in short experience the life in the Iron Age in the South Netherlands (800 to 50 BC). On a site of about 1 hectare, this settlement is located just outside the built-up area of ​​Dongen. The people in the Iron Age were farmers. They kept cattle and were farming on fields.

The Iron Age Farm Dongen is a project in which a group of enthusiastic volunteers since 2005 visitors want to show, feel, hear, smell, in short experience the life in the Iron Age in the South Netherlands (800 to 50 BC). On a site of about 1 hectare, this settlement is located just outside the built-up area of ​​Dongen. The people in the Iron Age were farmers. They kept cattle and were farming on fields...

Jarrow Hall (UK)

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Yes

Jarrow Hall is on the banks of the river Tyne and features a museum devoted to the life and times of a Benedictine monk called Bede (673 – 735). Bede is known for an important book by means of which he got known as “father of English history”.

Jarrow Hall is operated by Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle (STAN); an independent charitable trust and a member of the UK-wide Groundwork federation.

Amphoralis, Musée des Potiers Gallo-Romains (FR)

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In the heart of the Narbonnaise, a dozen kilometers north of the ancient capital Narbo Martius, a Gallo-Roman potters workshop was unearthed in 1976, near the current village of Sallèles d'Aude.

In the heart of the Narbonnaise, a dozen kilometers north of the ancient capital Narbo Martius, a Gallo-Roman potters workshop was unearthed in 1976, near the current village of Sallèles d'Aude.

History in Motion: Colonial Williamsburg

Nikola Krstović (RS)
Boundaries are always an interesting topic. In the framework of the current heritage buzz word decolonization, boundaries might also represent what is “colonised” in every cultural enterprise, or to be more specific, how and why some form of power obtruded its authority, and to what extent. Like almost all other museums, Colonial Williamsburg deals with the past. The past has its own boundaries that...

Vikingvalley (NO)

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Yes

Viking Valley, Gudvangen - in the heart of the unique UNESCO listed Norwegian fjord landscape - is the setting for the town of Njardarheimr, bringing to life the real history and culture of the Viking Age.

Viking Valley is a two hours’ drive from Bergen (five hours from Oslo). Here, between the fjord and the mountains the Naeroyfjord area was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 2005, and has been described by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful places on the planet.