BUCOVINA VILLAGE MUSEUM, A TIME CAPSULE OF THE ANCIENT LOCAL TRADITIONS (MUZEUL SATULUI BUCOVINEAN)

Located right next to the fortress of Suceava, this outdoor museum is a true delight of the spirit, where you will find popular architectural landmarks specific to the area of northern Moldova. Basically, you will discover a village of Bukovina, which you can admire, both from the outside and in the inside; there are different types of houses and farms in the area, with annexes, and the center of the village with a church and bell tower. There are also a pub, popular technical installations with specific workshops for pottery, blacksmithing, weaving etc.

The excellent settling of the interior of the houses will show you what the way of life is like in this area, and how each element has a clear purpose: from furniture to stoves, from textiles to interior parts of costumes.

Bucovina Village Museum is the highlight of the architectural heritage of folk in the “Upper Realm”. The newest of all open-air museums in Romania, it was open in the 1980s, when the Bukovina village disposed of countless monuments of folk architecture, and it took shape after 1990, when new homesteads and popular settlements have been transferred, reconstructed and open to visitors.

The overview of the museum reflects the complex organization and activity of a village, envisioned as a synthetic model of the Bucovina village. Along with households formed by the house and its annexes, located along the streets, from the center of the village – the polarizing center of community life -, the church and belfry, dating from 1783 are present. Besides all these elements, you Cn also see the local pub from the village of Saru Dornei and technical installations: water mill, mill of peasant coats, carding comb, oil mills.

Trades and crafts are represented in specific workshops such as pottery, spoons etc., and also workshops for weaving, painted eggs , furrier and so on.

The interior settlement is a unique ethnographic exhibition which has complied with the objectives of the regional peculiarities of folk architecture. Ovens, stoves are found in the museum in a wide variety of types; traditional furniture, interior textiles, pieces of folk traditional civilization completes the picture of Bucovina. The peculiarity of Bucovina Village Museum is the representation of the spiritual life of the peasant by marking the rites of passage. In the Straja House, there are exposed props for the ritual of baptism, and the Cacica House the funeral ceremony is marked – the two major thresholds of life.

Beyond the essential function of conservation, restoration and recovery of cultural heritage, Ethnographic Museum Bucovina Village has imposed itself on the national cultural landscape by organizing folk performances and festivals (held on the open air stage), craftsmen fairs to promote traditions and authentic creations, art camps for students, the museum becoming a polarizing center for the cultural life of Suceava.

There are many of them and each deserves a special description, but we will only mention a few, just to get you an idea; among the monuments of folk architecture there are Vama Church and Belfry, Household Bilca, Household Campulung, Household Humor Monastery, Household Moldoviţa, Household Rădăşeni, Household Straja, House Breaza, House Cacica, House Campulung, House Dorna Candreni, House Holohoşca, House Humoreni, House Iacobeni, Sadova Fountain, the Marginea Potter Studio, the Forge, Humor Monastery Mill and many others.

Facilities. It is good to notice that there are free services for people with physical disabilities, children in orphanages, war veterans and current workers and former museum employers. There is a 50 percent discount for pensioners.

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