History, location, map

The idea to set up a folk architecture complex in Suceava existed since 1958, but it was fully developed in the 70s. It is the decade when a series of on-site research took place, especially during 1971-1976. This research was the starting point for the acquisition and transfer of 11 folk architecture objectives, three of them being rebuilt on their present location. Unfortunately, the project of the outdoor museum set on 1.7 ha and which also had quarantine and treatment station enters conservation until 1990, when the steps to undertake this ambitious project are resumed.

The area of the museum extends by 6 ha and new on-site research campaign are undertaken in order to identify new objectives representative for all ethnographic areas of Suceava County. In 1995, the project Suceava Village Museum approaches the end – from that moment on, the acquisitions, transfers and reconstruction of the folk architecture objectives took place at high speed. 

At present, the first evolution phase of Bucovina Village Museum was successfully completed when the last objectives which were in store were reconstructed. The museum owns 53 folk architecture and technique objectives, grouped on two areas. The sector located near the Seat Fortress is arranged for visitation and includes 30 different objectives: traditional wood houses, household annexes, folk technical installations, craftsmen workshops, public constructions.

The general view of this museum reflects the highlights of the complex organization and activity of a village – a pattern of Bucovina village. Besides the households made of houses and annexes, placed along the village alleys, in the hearth of the village - as the centre community life, the visitor can also see the church and bell tower of Vama, dating from 1783. In this church, once the iconostasis and inside setting were restored, religious services are held. The visitor can also see the bar shop from Şaru Dornei.

The occupations and crafts are presented in specific workshops, such as: the pottery workshop set in Marginea house, the spoon workshop set in Vicov house. When the other households will be erected, other workshops will be set: weaving workshop, egg painting workshop, sheep skinner workshop. All these workshops are endowed with the specific tools for each craft, so that the traditional work skills can be learnt by children or tourists.

The interiors stand for a separate ethnographic exhibition, which observed all the area features of folk architecture. There are different types of ovens and stoves in the museum; the traditional furniture, the interior textiles, the folk costumes complete the image of Bucovina traditional civilization.

A touch of originality is rendered to Bucovina Village Museum by the marking of the passing rituals – a reproduction of the spiritual life of peasants. In Straja house, there are exhibits for the christening of a baby and in Cacica house – exhibits for the funeral ceremony – the two landmarks of life.

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