Rogatec Open Air Museum

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Muzej na prostem Rogatec
Ptujska cesta 23, SI-3252 Rogatec
Phone386 (0) 3 818 6200
Vili Bukšek, Director

Founded in 1981, the Rogatec Open Air Museum is the largest open air museum in Slovenia. It presents unique cultural, ethnological, regional, and historical features of eastern Slovenia. The museum presents the life and work of farmers and craftsmen at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th in the Rogatec area, under the Boč, Donačka Gora, and Macelj Hills. The skansen was conceived by the Celje Regional Office of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia. In 1999 it was declared a cultural site of national importance and in 1997 it was nominated for a European Museum Award.


The Rogatec Open Air Museum comprises 15 different relocated or reconstructed buildings and associated materials which make up the museum space and form three separated sections. The homestead of poet Jože Šmit (1922–2004) with a garden, an outhouse with manure pit and a field toilet, beehives, a pig stable, and a hay rack (kozolec). The administrative part are loden, an old shop with mixed merchandise, that is today also a museum shop and office. The third part is a domestic inn with a wine cellar and bar called pušenšank surrounded with vines that provide welcome shade in the summer and juicy grapes in the fall.


The Rogatec Institute manages the Rogatec Open Air Museum, the Strmol Manor and sites in the medieval town of Rogatec. Museum activities combine and present the local history and ethnology through guided tours, craft workshops, oenology experiences, and horse riding expeditions. Because of the interesting programmes for youth and adults, the Rogatec Open Air Museum is one of the most visited museums in Slovenia; many visit it repeatedly, depending on the season and the work and farm activities that have to be done at that time.

International cooperation

Internationally, the museum collaborates in the European programme Museums Without Frontiers with other open air museums such as Freilichtmuseum Gerersdorf (Austria), and Göcseji Falumúzeum Zalaegerszeg (Hungary), by common promotion.

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