From spring to autumn, the biggest open air museum of Hungary is offering events for weekends and holidays. Take a look at our yearly programme!
A journey to the time of the revolution
In the year of 1848 Kingdom of Hungary grew into a war for independence against the Austrian Empire, ruled by the Habsburg dynasty. The anniversary of the Revolution's outbreak, 15th March, is one of Hungary's three national holidays. Every year on this day, many events take place in the whole country. In the Hungarian Open Air Museum, we focus on the tradition of the 'hussars', the Hungarian horsemen, who used to fight in the independence war - with shows, games and workshops.
Our season-opening programme presents the most significant Easter traditions in Hungary. Scenes of the village life in an authentic location come to life in the yards of the houses. If you would like to see some of these or if you're ready to try out some traditional Easter egg decorating, or join the dancing and singing, this event is for you! Enjoy the nature at the beginning of spring, when you are welcome to discover the whole open air museum.
Extra programme of the temporary exhibition 'Hey 67!'
30th April - 1st May
Would you like to know how daily life was like in the Sixties in Hungary? The 1960s were the decade of shifts that took place in way of life, it was the era of value and cultural revolution. The sixties mean something different in western and eastern Europe. In this atmosphere, a new museum emerged in ethnographic museology, and this is when the history of the Hungarian Open Air Museum began. On the 1st of May, we recall the 'Worker's Day' celebrations, with some extra highlights around the exhibition that shows the cultural and political background of establishing the Museum. A Robur, a bus commonly used in the socialist countries, will also show up in the colours of the Skanzen. So take a ride in it to the Sixties with us!
Whitsun Heritage Festival
An introduction of the intangible cultural heritage bearer communities
20th May - 21th May
The Festival is the meeting of the intangible cultural heritage bearer communities of Hungary and foreign countries, in order to exchange experiences and to introduce the heritage for the public. For several years now the Whitsun Heritage Festival has been organised in the Hungarian Open Air Museum, its main aim has been to make traditional culture popular - it also helps today’s people acknowledge it and assure the possibility of presenting it on a nation-wide level.
III. Skanzen Running Contest
Skanzen Running is a very special weekend programme for those who would love to make sport in a beautiful area, surrounded by hundred-year-old buildings of rural Hungary. An easy-to-make route through the open air museum takes you to the finish line. It is a great family-friendly programme for the weekend. Registration in advance is necessary.
Weekend of The Betyars
Catch the outlaws!
The 'betyárs' were the highwaymen of the 19th century Kingdom of Hungary. Several betyárs have become legendary figures who in the public mind fought for social justice, just like Robin Hood in the English folklore. This weekend, they are going to sneak among us in the territory, so you better keep your belongings safe! The Skanzen Train may be in danger, too - we will probably need some help from our visitors to grab the criminals.
'56 in the Countryside
The 23rd of October is the memorial day of the 1956 revolution and war of independence in Hungary against the communist government. Rebels won the first phase of the revolution, but shortly after, soviet tanks invaded the streets of Budapest and the movement ended in tragedy. Besides introducing the daily life of the rural Hungary in the 1950s, our programme includes living history elements. You can witness some episodes of the revolutional days in the countryside, based on true stories - ‘real’ scenes performed by actors, based on ethnographic and historical research.
New Wine and Goose Festival on St Martin's Day
St Martin's Day used to be an important turning point in the folk's calendar: it marked the finishing of the agricultural works, the end of the economic year in the countryside. On this day, people used to eat goose and drink new wine. This is the season-closing event of the Skanzen, too, and connected to the traditions, it offers a lot of gastronomic experiences for the visitors. People used to gather in the houses, and began the community works of wintertime. Fire burns in the ovens of the houses of the Skanzen as well - you can sit down, get to know and join the traditional activities of the winter season or taste the special menu of the Museum's restaurant for the event.
- Entrance fee:
Free entrance on national holidays (15th March, 20th August, 23rd October).
Other events: regular ticket prices
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- The organisers reserve the right to change the programme.
- Visitor's hotline: +36 26 / 502-537
- The opening hours of the exhibition's buildings may be different from the opening hours of the events. Please consider this when planning your visit if you want to visit the main exhibition and ask for more information.
- By entering the museum, you allow us to take photographs, videos and audio records in the Museum area. These will be used only for PR and marketing purposes.