Archaeological Open-Air Museum

Newhaven Coppice (UK)

Member of EXARC
Yes

Newhaven Coppice provides a space for craftspeople, volunteers, archaeologists and members of the public to discover more about the lives of people from our shared past.

It is a working woodland, which has been ever evolving over the years, with an aim of becoming a centre for ancient and traditional crafts, knowledge sharing and experimental archaeology. In 2018, Newhaven Coppice opened its gates to community groups, schools and anyone interested in learning about our native woodland heritage. To compliment and bring the incredibly deep and diverse world of our ancestors to life, we are well on the way to creating an archaeologically accurate representation of an Anglo-Saxon farmstead.

Midgard Vikingsenter (NO)

Member of EXARC
Yes

Welcome to Midgard – the Viking era is here!
Midgard Viking Centre is Vestfold's center for the Viking Age. We work with live presentation for both individuals and groups.

At Midgard Viking Centre we are keen on activity based learning to convey knowledge about the Viking Age. Here you will be able to not only watch and read about the Viking Age, but you will also be able to put to use what you have learned. We wish to bring the Viking Age to life for our visitors.

The Use and Relevance of Archaeological Open-Air Museums

Roeland Paardekooper (NL)
Archaeological open-air museums form a colourful and varied assemblage of heritage institutions. These are places where stories about the past, inspired by archaeology, are presented. Their obvious use is for experimental archaeology, ancient crafts and live interpretation. However, these museums can be more relevant to society than meets the eye. They can teach newcomers about...

Drevniy Mir - Ancient World (RU)

Member of EXARC
Yes

In 2003, the Samara Regional Branch of the All-Russian Society for the Preservation of Monuments of History and Culture launched a project to establish the Center for Historical Simulation (CIM) "Ancient World" (“Древний Мир”), a brand new interactive model of the exposure of the archaeological heritage of the object for cognitive (educational), tourism and historical education of children and adults; it also serves as a scientific and experimental testing ground for professional archaeologists.

In 2003, the Samara Regional Branch of the All-Russian Society for the Preservation of Monuments of History and Culture launched a project to establish the Center for Historical Simulation (CIM) "Ancient World" (“Древний Мир”)...

Everybody Else is doing It, so Why Can’t We? Low-tech and High-tech Approaches in Archaeological Open-Air Museums

Roeland Paardekooper (NL)
Some people believe that an open-air museum is a place where you leave your modern technique behind and go ‘low tech’. Other than the museums which act like digital free zones, many others experiment with going digital. Where experience and storytelling have always been the central concepts of archaeological open-air museums, exactly these ideas are behind many digital techniques. We have to...

Swifterkamp, Prehistorische Nederzetting (NL)

Member of EXARC
Yes

The “new Land” Flevoland in the Netherlands is not only home to many people, it also contains some splendid nature. In one of the nature parks, at Lelystad, a Stone Age settlement is situated. This area was home to Neolithic farmers before it got too wet and flooded.

The story of Swifterkamp begins with the meeting of some lecturers and someone from Staatsbosbeheer (the Dutch Forestry Commission) who all shared a great passion for archaeology. Their wish to create a Prehistoric settlement in Flevoland for educational purposes soon became reality...

Chavdar Municipality - Archaeological Park Topolnitsa (BG)

Member of EXARC
Yes

The village of Chavdar is located in Western Bulgaria, Sofia region, Chavdar Municipality. It is accessible via the “Podbalcan” road (I-6), one of the main first-class roads in Bulgaria. The village is located 71 km east of the capital of the country and 11 km southwest of Zlatitsa. Chavdar Municipality is part of the Zlatishko-Pirdop hollow with an average altitude of 570 m.

It consists of one village – Chavdar, which makes it the smallest in Bulgaria. Unlike the other hollows to the south of the Balkan, the Zlatishko-Pirdop hollow is characterized by low temperatures. Visitors who enjoy mountain tourism can visit the chalets “Bratia” and “Sakarja”, situated high in the Sashtinska Sredna Gora Mountain, and the natural phenomenon “The Kazans”.

Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture (JP)

Member of EXARC
No

The Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture is one of the few museums in Japan dedicated to the history of international exchange. The Museum holds approximately 81,000 objects in its precious collection, including historical documents, art and craftworks that tell the story of Nagasaki, the sole window open to foreign countries during the period of Japan’s national isolation. 

In addition, part of the Nagasaki Magistrate's Office (a local agency of the central government in the Edo period called bugyōsho) has been faithfully reconstructed based on historical materials, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of feudal Japan. The craft center offers hands-on classes of Nagasaki’s traditional crafts.

Engaging Diverse Audiences at the Archaeological Open-Air Museum Düppel in Berlin – Practical Examples and New Strategies

Julia Heeb (DE)
2018 EXARC in Kernave
***In 1939, a boy called Horst Trzeciak was playing on a piece of land on the outskirts of Berlin. While playing, he found a number of pottery sherds. In an exemplary fashion he brought the sherds to the “Märkisches Provinzialmuseum”, which was, at that time, the city museum of Berlin...

Bostel di Rotzo & Museo Archeologico Sette Comuni (MASC) (IT)

Member of EXARC
Yes

The Bostel di Rotzo is located in the Altopiano dei Sette Comuni on a well-defended plateau where the Assa and the Astico valleys meet, north of Vicenza and only a few kilometers from Asiago. Bostel di Rotzo is the first permanent village in the 'Sette Comuni Altopiano' to have been steadily settled by ancient people throughout the second half of the Iron Age (5th – 1st century BC).

The Bostel di Rotzo is located in the Altopiano dei Sette Comuni on a well-defended plateau where the Assa and the Astico valleys meet, north of Vicenza and only a few kilometers from Asiago. Bostel di Rotzo is the...