Archaeological Open-Air Museum

Grodzisko Owidz (PL)

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Grodzisko Owidz is a reconstruction of an 11th century medieval castle located near Starogard Gdański. The castle, located on the hill above the Wierzyca, River was one of the strongest in the area, and its rise was connected with the strengthening of Boleslaw Chrobry's dominion over Pomerania.

It was probably destroyed in 1090 by the order of Władysław Herman, who at that time destroyed a large part of Pomeranian castles, in order to prevent the Pomorzan rebellion. In spite of the damage, the castle continued to function. During the Swedish Deluge, the fort was used by the Swedes as a camp, hence the popular local name - Swedish Hill.

Connemara Heritage and History Centre (IE)

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The Connemara Heritage Centre is an open-air museum near Clifden, County Galway, in the Connemara region, Ireland. The Centre introduces the history of the area from prehistoric times to the foundation of the Irish Free State in 1922.

The centre's attractions include audiovisual and history presentations, as well as outdoor exhibits including reconstructions like the reconstructions of the crannóg, ring fort and a clochaun give an insight into life in ancient times.

Korean Folk Village (KR)

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Minsok village is a living museum type of tourist attraction in the city of Yongin, south of Seoul, a theme park if you like. Here once can experience 19th century Korea. The purpose of Korean Folk Village is to display elements of traditional Korean life and culture.

There are multiple sections to the park with 270 replicas of traditional houses of the different social classes (peasant, landowner, yangban) from various regions. One can even find a jail here. One marks the depictions of different regions, like for example a village from the island Jejudo.
Korean Folk Village is famous for the people who wear the costume of Sato (the governors), Daejanggeum (a royal cook of palace), Kumiho (legendary fox with nine tails), Geosang (business magnate in Joseon dynasty), and more interesting characters of the Joseon Dynasty.

Qasrin Ancient Village (IL)

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The Qasrin Ancient Village (Hebrew: קצרין העתיקה‎‎; also Katrzin, Kasrin, Qisrin) is an open-air museum located in the Golan Heights on the outskirts of Katzrin. It features the reconstructed remains of a Talmudic-era village.

The Byzantine (4th – 8th century AD) village was built around a spring. Later Muslim occupation occurred in the Mamluk and modern periods. Although there were standing ruins on the site, archaeological excavations have increased the number of accessible ancient buildings.

Educatief Archeologisch Erf - Federatie Broekpolder Vlaardingen (NL)

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Yes

The EAE Broekpolder aims to offer children and other people with an interest in the regional archaeology a real-live insight into past settlements in the Dutch delta.

Vlaardingen, not far from Rotterdam hosts a large nature reserve, called Broekpolder. Its size is 400 hectares (almost 1,000 acres), a quarter of the surface of Vlaardingen Municipality. It is an area for walking, mountain biking, et cetera.

Fort Ross Conservancy (US)

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Fort Ross was the hub of the southernmost Russian settlements in North America from 1812 to 1842. In those days, Spanish colonialists came from the South into California, The Russians from the north.

Fort Ross is nowadays a California State Historic Park showcasing a historic Russian-era fort compound that has been designated National Historic Landmark status. The 3,400 acre park offers pristine natural landscapes as well as historic structures and exhibits that bring to life the former Imperial Russian settlement, early California Ranch era, and Kashaya territory.

Moorforge (UK)

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Traditional Blacksmithing and Skills from the Viking Age. Have you ever wondered what it would have been like living in the Viking age? Well now is your chance with a new Viking settlement that has been created at Moorforge near Wigton. Moorforge Viking settlement is a project undertaken by David Watson and is a not for profit community interest company. After building a Viking era Icelandic style forge and wood workshop, plans are to finish off the site with an animal barn, a smokehouse and a Viking longhouse.

Gosforth, Seascale, Beckermet, St Bees,Workington, Dacre, Penrith, Cumwhitton.
What do they all have in common? The Vikings, and it’s not just limited to these places.
Throughout Cumbria we see the Norse language forming the names of our Towns and Villages. Kirk (from Old Norse Kirkja) means church, Ulverston from Ulfrs tun ('Ulfr's farmstead'), Kendal from Kent dalr ('valley of the River Kent') and Elterwater from eltr vatn (‘Swan Lake').

Campus Galli - Karolingische Klosterstadt e.V. (DE)

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Yes

In this project the nonprofit association ‘karolingische klosterstadt e.V.’ (Carolingian Monastic Town) makes the most famous architectural drawing of the middle ages become reality: the Plan of Saint Gall. Inspired by the construction of a medieval castle in Guédelon, France, carpenters and volunteers build a medieval monastery, solely with tools and methods as close as possible to those of the early middle ages.

It is our goal to build a 9th century monastery with contemporary Carolingian tools and materials only. To this end the “Plan of St. Gall”, the earliest European architectural document, is put to reality in a wooded area near Lake Constance in Southern Germany, only 40 kilometres from the place of its origin...

Build It and They Will Come: Managing Archaeological Open-Air Museums in Britain for Stability

Lydia Hendry (UK)
Museums are among the most visited attractions in the UK (ALVA 2015), and with interactive displays and active engagement becoming more commonplace, this success can be capitalised on by archaeological open-air museums. Some European archaeological open-air museums entertain many visitors per year, although most are smaller institutions (Paardekooper 2012)...