Outdoor, or open-air museums are, simply put, otherworldly. The mere excitement of being under the open-sky, looking at life long past, or perhaps just masterpieces built by phenomenal artists is unparalleled. open-air museums are portals to another age, another world; portkrys to someone’s hours of toil and the beauty they create.
We have gotten together five of the best open-air museums that have happened to our world. If you can do only one thing in this life, visit these five!
Storm King Art Center
On a stretch of 500 acres of land in New Windsor, New York is what we can safely call the world’s best open-air museum. The stunning Storm King Art Center boasts of over a 100 spectacular pieces of art, expertly amalgamating art with nature. The Storm King Art Centre(SKAC) began as a museum for local artists, but in time turned into an artistically enormous open-air museum that features commissioned works, donations, and site-specific pieces from famous local and international artists. The SKAC prides itself in hosting one of the biggest outdoor sculptures in the US.
Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park
The breathtaking Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park of New Zealand is found in the Kaipara Harbour. Strikingly unusual in its surroundings, this open-air museum is known around the world because of its vast collection of sculptures(mostly commissioned). The remarkably ingenious artists whose works are on display had to struggle and improvise accounting to the atypical landscape and weather – the harbor is on shallow land that is covered by water during high tide, weather is unpredictable, and the property leans toward the sea. The artists, with their acumen, stood stern and worked around the landscape and the surrounding waters to install modern and contemporary pieces.
The world’s oldest outdoor museum is found in Sweden and it is a thing of absolute beauty! The history and customs of Sweden find an outpouring and accurate representation at Skansen. Guided tours will take you through the traditions of the Swedes, exhibiting their adaptability to the changing seasons, their celebrations and their love for animals( no kidding! There are Nordic wildlife, pets, and exotic creatures in this museum). Walk around the manors to discover what the Swedes did for pastime. Skansen is also loved for its scheduled festivities that feature dancing and singing. If you’re visiting, we recommend going there during Christmas. The Christmas market at Skansen is right out of a fairytale.
Astra National Museum
Romania’s museum of the past, the Astra National Museum has over 400 historic architecture monuments and illustrations celebrating and honouring the country’s folklore and lifestyle. A particular emphasis has been given to preindustrial peasant technologies. This is showcased in the waterwheels, windmills, powering forges, and presse of the museum, all surrounded by the bucolic Transylvanian landscape
The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History at Oslo contains over 150 historic buildings for you to discover!The museum has an incredible collection of artifacts from almost all the social groups and regions of the country.The foremost tourist attraction is a wooden stave church from Gol(known as the Gol Stage Church). Carefully restored and preserved, this church is decorated with intricate carvings and patterns from the Middle Ages. This outdoor museum focuses mainly on life from the 16th C to the present day, and is a sight to behold!
Which one of these museums are you going to visit?
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