THE MUSEUM of Regional Studies in Hanušovce nad Topľou in eastern Slovakia is planning to apply for funds together with its Polish partner, the Muzeum Podkarpacie in Krosno, as part of an EU cross-border cooperation programme. If it receives an EU subsidy, the Slovak side plans to construct a new centre for educational activities and experimental archaeology – a so-called archaeological park – on an area of almost 3,500 square metres.
The new attraction should be situated in part of the historical park near a local Renaissance-Baroque manor house. “Our goal is not to found an ethnographic open-air museum, but rather a museum of memorable experiences,” the head of the Hanušovce Museum, Mária Kotorová, told the TASR newswire. “Through five dwellings to be built and fenced by palisades we want to create the impression of a different world and to bring closer the reality of ancient times, from prehistory to the Middle Ages,” she explained.
She added that the project combines museum and educational ambitions with the aim of attracting more tourists. “The ambition is to educate, but the new area could also become an important tourist centre at the foot of the Slánske Vrchy and near the Domaša holiday resort,” Kotorová concluded. The estimated cost of the historical complex is €350,000: construction costs would account for about €310,000; the rest would be spent on accompanying cultural activities and promotion.
26. Apr 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská