Description of the Museum of Folk Architecture and Life in Uzhgorod
On the area of four hectares, there are samples of the dwellings of Transcarpathians from lowland and foothill regions – the valley dwellers, Hungarian and Romanian population of the region. The dwellings of the mountain inhabitants of Transcarpathia: Boikos, Lemkos and Hutsuls, as well as some technical (water-powered mill, water mill, cloth mill, forge) and public buildings (church, school, tavern), as well as small architectural forms (well, beehives, fences). The interior of each hut is recreated in detail. In total, the museum has more than 15,000 exhibits.
The most valuable residential buildings in the museum include the following:
- a house from the village of Yasinia Keveliva built in the middle of the eighteenth century from large ash logs split in half;
- a Hutsul hailstorm of the mid-nineteenth century, which researchers found in the village of Stebnyi, Rakhiv district;
- an eighteenth-century house from the village of Tybava, Mukachevo district, which is known for the fact that the founder of Bulgarian studies, Yuriy Ivanovich Hutsa-Venelin, was most likely born there;
- a wooden inn of the XIX century, which operated in the village of Verkhniy Bystryi, Khust district.
The pearl of the museum’s exposition is a wooden church from the village of Shelestova, which was dedicated to the Archangel Michael and built in the Baroque tent style in 1777. This example of sacred architecture has been moved from place to place twice in its history. In 1927, the church was moved to Mukachevo, and in 1974, he joined the Uzhgorod Skansen.
Uzhgorod Skansen is one of the most interesting and beautiful museums in our region. It recreates the atmosphere of a traditional Transcarpathian village. If you visit the museum in spring, you will stroll through the blooming garden, in summer you will see ripe tomatoes in the well-kept beds and smell freshly cut hay, see lambs walking carefree around the museum. In autumn, you can enjoy the ripeness of plums and apples in the skansen. At each hut, you will be greeted by a museum worker – a woman whose caring hands maintain an atmosphere of warmth and comfort.
The museum is located at 33a Kapitulna Street, Uzhgorod. Its doors are open to visitors every day except Tuesday from 10.00 to 18.00.