Open Air Museums

Open Air Museums

An open-air museum is a distinct type of museum exhibiting its collections out-of-doors. The first open-air museums were established in Scandinavia towards the end of the nineteenth century, and the concept soon spread throughout Europe and North America. Open-air museums are variously known as skansen, museums of buildings and folk museums. A more recent form is the Ecomuseum, which originated in France. A comprehensive history of the open-air museum as idea and institution can be found in Swedish museologist Sten Rentzhog's 2007 book Open Air Museums: The History and Future of a Visionary Idea.

Living museums, also known as living farm museums and living history museums, are a special type of open-air museum where costumed interpreters portray period life in an earlier era. The interpreters act as if they are really living in a different time and place, such as the Colonial era, and perform everyday household tasks, crafts and businesses. The goal is to demonstrate older lifestyles to modern audiences. Household tasks might include cooking on an open hearth, churning butter, spinning wool and weaving, and farming without modern equipment. Many living museums feature traditional craftsmen at work, such as a blacksmith, cooper, potter, miller, sawmill worker, printer, doctor and general store keeper.

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Folk Museums
... An open-air museum is a distinct type of museum exhibiting its collections out-of-doors ... The first open-air museums were established in Scandinavia towards the end of the nineteenth century, and the concept soon spread throughout Europe and North America ... Open-air museums are variously known as skansen, museums of buildings and folk museums ...
Open Air Museums - Ecological and Environmental Living Museums
... Some ecological living museums are zoos California Living Museum, Bakersfield, California, United States Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, Virginia, United States Nonsuch Island Living Museum, Bermuda Penang ...
Folk Museums - European Origins
... The earliest open-air museum appeared in Scandinavia in the late 19th century ... was a predictable further development of the by then well-established indoor type of museum ... Precursors of open-air museums were the "exotic" pavilions, "antique" temples, "ancient ruins" and "peasant cottages" to be found in 18th century landscape parks ...

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