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Museum of Folk Architecture - Ethnographic Park in Olsztynek

In the city
Contact ul. Leśna 23
11-015 Olsztynek

tel.: 89 519 21 64


It is the largest outdoor museum in north-eastern Poland and one of the oldest in the country - in 2013, we celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Museum of Folk Architecture - Ethnographic Park in Olsztynek is a cultural institution of the Warmian-Masurian province, entered into the State Register of Museums, maintained by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

The history of the museum begins in the eastern Prussian region of Königsberg, where at the beginning of the 20th century, a decision was taken to create a museum of rural architecture in which objects from the regions of East Prussia were to be presented. A picturesque but small area on the outskirts of the zoological garden was earmarked for the construction of the open-air museum. In the years 1911-1913, 26 copies of existing facilities were built there. The museum was opened in 1913 under the name Ostpreußisches Heimatmuseum. Its first director was Richard Dethlefsen. In 1937, due to the limited space, the decision was made to move the buildings from Królewiec to Olsztynek. The translocation was made in 1938-1942.

The museum did not suffer during the war in 1945. From the 1950s, the Provincial Conservator of Monuments in Olsztyn directly looked after the objects. In 1962, the Ethnographic Park was established as a branch of the Mazury Museum in Olsztyn (today's Museum of Warmia and Mazury). In 1969, the unit was transformed into the Museum of Folk Architecture - the Ethnographic Park in Olsztynek. The Independent Museum has become an institution of scientific-research and educational character. Such a facility remains to this day.

The museum is located in a beautiful, diverse landscape, with an area of ​​93 ha. The Jemiołówka River flows through the Ethnographic Park. The Museum also includes arable fields, meadows and pastures and a small pond. Currently, for 35 ha of the Ethnographic Park, 78 small and large rural architecture, mostly wooden from the 19th century, were collected. These are residential and sacral buildings, farm buildings and industrial buildings. The buildings come from the former East Prussia. Today, these lands - Warmia, Masuria, Powiśle and Mała Lithuania - belong to Poland, Lithuania and Russia (Kaliningrad region). Building equipment is collected after 1945, exhibits presenting traditional methods of work and rituals in the countryside in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Olsztynek Open Air Museum has 11,000 movable museum items in the field of material folk culture of the 19th and 20th centuries as well as contemporary folk art and handicrafts, as well as a rich collection of books.

The facilities are located in a natural green environment, in gardens we grow flowers, vegetables and herbs. We also breed livestock. Our museum animals - from horses and cows, through goats, rabbits, sheep, and poultry ending - are a great attraction for visitors.

The museum conducts scientific-research, publishing, exhibition and educational-dissemination activities.

In the summer season we organize many outdoor events. Permanent to the calendar of events were: the fair of folk art, the Regional Festival of Herbs, the Peasants 'Fair, Carpenters' Mysteries, Children's Open-Air Museum and fairs: Easter and Christmas Eve. During the events, demonstrations of old classes and skills, concerts, competitions, presentations and lectures are organized.

The institution has a wide range of museum lessons and art workshops. Classes are run by Museum employees in historic buildings. The program includes lessons: "Not holy pots sticky ...", "Painting on glass", "As it used to be written: calligraphy", Christmas and Easter festive workshops, "Folk costumes in Warmia and Mazury", "Polish folk cutout".

The facility is the publisher of several publishing series: "MBL-PE Scientific Papers," "Under the Serpent Series" and "Have fun on the folk".

The Museum's structure also includes two buildings in the center of Olsztynek: the Exhibition Hall in the former parish church and the tower on the city defense walls, which houses a museum dedicated to the life and activity of Krzysztof Celestyna Mrongowiusz - pastor, linguist, popularizer of the Polish language in the Prussian Partition.

Opening hours:

Museum of Folk Architecture - Ethnographic Park, ul. Leśna 23:

  •     15-30 April (Tuesday - Sunday): 09:00 - 17:00
  •     May 1 - June 30 (daily): 09:00 - 17:00
  •     July 1 - August 31 (daily): 10:00 - 18:00
  •     1-30 September (daily): 09:00 - 17:00
  •     1-31 October (Tuesday - Sunday): 09:00 - 16:00
  •     November 1 - April 14 (Tuesday - Sunday): 10:00 - 14:00

Free entry days in 2018 to the Ethnographic Park:

  •     1, 7, 14 April
  •     8, 19 May
  •     June 1, 10, 23
  •     2, 20 July
  •     8, 23 August
  •     1, 7, 16 September
  •     October 3, 18, 31

Showroom together with the Mrongowiusz House, ul. Zamkowa 1:

  •     November 1 - April 14: closed
  •     April 15 - October 31 (Tuesday - Sunday): 10:00 - 17:00

Free admission days in 2018 to the Exhibition Exhibition:

  •     6, 19, 22 May
  •     June 1, 16, 26
  •     12, 29 July
  •     August 3, 18
  •     7, 20, 29 September
  •     12, 28 October

Exhibition Hall and the Mrongowiusz House closed for visitors on the following days: All Saints' Day, Independence Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas

Price list:

Ethnographic Park:

  •     Normal ticket - PLN 14
  •     Concession ticket (children and schoolchildren, students, teachers, pensioners, Euro 26 card, disabled people) - PLN 8
  •     Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children under 16) - PLN 37
  •     A ticket for the National Large Card, the Senior Card - PLN 7
  •     A ticket for the residents of Olsztynek - PLN 4
  •     Guide in Polish (groups of up to 40 people) - 60 PLN
  •     Children under 7 years - free entry

Showroom together with the Mrongowiusz House:

  •     Normal ticket - 6 PLN
  •     Concession ticket (children and schoolchildren, students, teachers, pensioners, Euro 26 card, disabled persons) - PLN 4
  •     Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children under 16) - 16 PLN
  •     A ticket for the Nationwide Large Card, the Senior Card - PLN 3
  •     A ticket for the inhabitants of Olsztynek - PLN 3
  •     Guide in Polish (groups of up to 40 people) - 20 PLN
  •     Children under 7 years - free entry

Parking fees for the period April 15 - October 31, 2018:

  •     Passenger cars - 5 PLN
  •     Busy - PLN 6
  •     Coaches - PLN 12
  •     Motorcycles - PLN 4
  •     Bicycles - PLN 3




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