Göcsej Village Museum
Göcsej is a region of steep hills, bordered by the Zala, Kerka and Válicka rivers; however, its ethnic boundary does not exactly align with these geographic boundaries. The region even today is noted for the peculiarities of its dialect and folklore. In spite the devastation caused by the Turks in the 16th and 17th centuries, the region’s peasant culture remained largely intact for hundreds of years and it retained its archaic culture well into first decades of the 20th century.
Hungary’s first open air ethnographic museum, the Göcsej Village Museum, lies in an environment of grassland and groves. It was opened for the public in August 1968. The skanzen was created to show - through the most beautiful examples - the archaic types of buildings still available, and the line of development which was at the end of the l9th century already on the decline. In this regional open air museum a small village consisting of nearly 50 original buildings has been set up arranged on crofts. The buildings demonstrate folk architecture, techniques and modes of construction, characteristic of Göcsej and its vicinity. The furniture of the houses is to present the interior decoration of peasant houses in the area at the end of the l9th century.