The Hungarian Open Air Museum was founded in 1967 and opened to the public in 1974. The Museum is the central open-air collection of Hungary, intended to represent rural architecture and the way of life of the entire country, with relocated buildings, authentic interiors and varied interpretation methods. Apart from exhibiting the traditional peasantry, the institution has widened its concept in time and space to include both the representation of Hungarians living outside the Hungarian border in diasporas and the representation of the late 20th century. As to the first intention, the Museum opened the first phase of the Transylvanian building complex in May 2022, which is a milestone in the history of Hungarian museology and the presentation of the built heritage of the Hungarian people.
The exhibitions found in the new regional unit represent Hungarians living in Romania, addressing topics of diversity, minority existence, change of population, or coexistence, among others in the buildings of the Transylvanian village and small town. The institution has developed new methods of interpretation and applied indoor and outdoor exhibition techniques in the new display to be able to engage visitors even more and offer knowledge transfer in diverse ways. This also helps us interpret all the topics that are condensed in one house, thus, apart from tangible cultural heritage, we can also mediate information about intangible cultural heritage. In this media mix, interactive multimedia installations play an important role.
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