What´s on


Shrovetide (Saturday 4  February)

The traditional Shrovetide door-to-door procession, which is a UNESCO world cultural heritage event, as performed by the village group from Studnice near Hlinsko.

Easter at Veselý Kopec (Friday – Monday 7–10 April)

The opening of the visitor season, with a programme of events presenting Easter customs, product sales and demonstrations.

Potter’s Saturday (Saturday 13 May)

Demonstrations of the work of potters and ceramists, sales of their products and an accompanying programme.

Museum Day (Thursday 18 May)

Free admission to all area.

Veselý Kopec for Children and Their Parents (June – October)

Families with children can play an interesting game at the individual exhibitions from June to September. Craft demonstrations and special accompanying programmes on selected Saturdays and Sundays.

The wheel turns and the wheat is ground (Saturday - Sunday 10 - 11 June)

Wheat grinding at the mill in Veselý Kopec, a demonstration of the dressing of mill stones, accompanying activities at the mill.

Veselý Kopec Fair (Saturday - Sunday 16 – 17 July)

Sales of products from selected and invited folk craftsmen, an accompanying cultural programme. A unique opportunity to meet people engaged in handcrafts.

How they used to farm (Saturday - Sunday 12 - 13 August)

A programme devoted to the traditional way of farming, demonstrations of crafts and the processing of agricultural crops. An accompanying cultural programme.

Village Fête (Saturday 2 September)

A reminder of traditional customs, demonstrations of baking in a bread oven, presentation of regional foodsand an accompanying cultural programme that will let you know why a cockerel was beheaded at the Village Fête.

Millers and axemen (Saturday - Sunday 16 - 17 September)

Demonstrations of the operation of water-driven machinery in Veselý Kopec.

Potato Saturday (Saturday 7 October)

Tastings of traditional potato dishes and the opportunity of finding out everything about the cultivation, storage and use of potatoes, with an accompanying cultural programme.

Christmas in Veselý Kopec (Saturday 2 December – Sunday 10 December)

A programme of traditional customs, demonstrations of the production of goods accompanying Christmastime in the past, and an extensive accompanying cultural programme.

Christmas Fair (Sunday 10 December)

Sales of folk craft products and an accompanying cultural programme.


A Farewell to Shrovetide (Tuesday 21 February)

The traditional Shrovetide procession at the conservation area demonstrated by the people of Blatno in Hlinsko. Shrovetide ends with the traditional “Killing of the Mare” custom. Prepared in co-operation with the Town of Hlinsko and the Hlinsko Tourist Information Centre. Free admission to the site.

Easter in Betlém ( Friday 24 Marz – Sunday 23 April)

Traditional Easter customs with an exhibition about the custom the Marching of Judas, which is part of our national cultural heritage, and demonstrations of the production of Easter products.

Museum Day (Thursday 18 May)

Free admission to all area.

Architecture Day (Sunday 27 May)

Guided tours and accompanying programmes devoted to interesting features at the Betlém vernacular architecture conservation area in Hlinsko. Part of a national project.


Betlém Museum Night (Friday 15 September)

A special programme with the chance of experiencing Betlém in a slightly different way. Part of a national project.

Christmas Time in Betlém (Wednesday 13  December 2023 –  Sunday 7 January 2024)

Decorated houses in Betlém provide the authentic atmosphere of the Christmas holidays in the past, with an exhibition of folk nativity scenes.


Half a Century with You (7 April – 31 October)

An exhibition devoted to the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Vysočina Open Air Museum

Stories from the depository (13 May - 31 October)

The exhibition presents items from depository collections that have interesting stories to tell.


Awoken treasure or the production of chenille textiles in the Hlinsko district (9 Mai - 11 June)

An exhibition devoted to the production of chenille textiles in the past and present.


Village Shrovetide Door-to-door Processions and Masks from the Hlinsko Area (all-year-round)

An exhibition devoted to the traditional Shrovetide door-to-door processions in the Hlinsko area, which are part of the cultural heritage of humanity, with demonstrations of traditional masks and the history of this folk custom.



The water-driven tilt-hammer in Svobodné Hamry will be open 10.00–12.00 and 13.30–16.00 on the last Thursday of every month from May to September 2023.

National Open Air Museum

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