THE KYSUCE HISTORICAL MUSEUM - the Museum is located in a picturesque surroundings of Chmúra Valley in Nová Bystrica-Vychylovka, a part of the Kysuce region. The beauty of its plants and animals in harmony with the appeal of its original architecture create a unique scenery. Founded in 1974, the Museum's foremost goal is to protect and preserve the traditional architecture for future generations. Therefore, buildings like those from village of Riečnica-Harvelka which was flooded by man were relocated here.
Visitors can admire wooden houses coming from settlements U Rybov or Do Potoka consisting of a residential part, barn and stable with a cellar under one common roof, or, a similar one that once belonged to Riečnice mayor A. Poništa.
There could be seen buildings representing traditional architecture from all parts of the Kysuce region. E.g., homestead U Hruškuliaka comprising of two residential houses, barn, stable and granary which is a typical isolated settlement. There can also be found a seasonal dwelling called cholvarok where shepherds used to stay in for summer and, at the same time, it stabled sheep and stored fodder. Buildings like a residential house from Oščadnica (1806), Hájenka from Dunajov or Inn from Korňa come from different parts of Kysuce. Watermill and sawmill from Klubina in particular document technical development of the time.
The impressive Historical Forest Cogwheel Railway declared to be the Slovak National and Cultural Monument runs through the Museum. Originally, it transported the wood from Bystrica Valley and partially also from the Orava region down to a sawmill in Oščadnica and further to the railway linking Eastern and Western parts of Slovakia.
The Kysuce Historical Museum organizes a wide range of events for its visitors, such as presentations of traditional crafts, customs, dance and music performances from the Kysuce region.
By help of 5 cogwheels, the train overcomes the altitude of 217.69 m on a relatively short distance of 1,500 m. The 2nd part from Chmúra station to the settlement Kubátkovia, first disassembled and later renewed, runs on its 2,700 m partly through the Museum, too. After being reconstructed, the Historical Railway no longer serves its original purpose - wood transportation, but it took on two new social functions: I. Documentary and representative function, i.e. preservation of historically and technically significant transportation system as well as an organic part of the Museum as a whole; II. Transportation function for the museum visitors.
Two historical steam engines from 1909 and 1916 together with the diesel ones and reconstructed carriages offer visitors tour around the Museum. All the engines and carriages are kept and maintained in a new depot built on a basis of a historical project. After being reconstructed, the Historical Railway no longer serves its original purpose - wood transportation, but it took on two new social functions: documentary and The museum preserves this historically and technically significant transportation system. And, secondly the museum offers transport for the museum's visitors.
Photographs taken by Peter Juriš and Natália Kolenová. Translation and texts by Veronika Pauková and Filip Kováč.
From sources of Kysucké múzeum v Čadci.
The project has been realized by Peter Juriš, Veronika Pauková, Filip Kováč, Benedikta Bajáková.