Sóstó Open Air Museum


Peek into the life of an old village in the Sóstó Open Air Museum.

Hungary’s biggest regional open air museum presents a counterpart of a village that actually never existed. The open air museum takes back to a 19th century village environment where you can see how poor and middle-class peasants, as well as members of the lower nobility lived in those times, how they worked, what they ate and what traditions they had.


4431 Nyíregyháza-Sóstógyógyfürdő, Tölgyes u. 1.
+36 42 479-704
+36 42 500-552


Opening hours

1 April – 30 September: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
1 October – 31 October: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

On Mondays (except Easter and Pentecost Monday) and the first working day after the holidays, the museum is closed!


You can also sit in the benches of the old school, walk along the row of workshops that presents, among others, an old smith shop and barber’s shop, and you can step into the church in the centre of the village to see its wooden panelled decorations.

Who are the Tirpaks?

You can find the answer to this, too, if you visit the Tirpak-manor. They are the Slovak-speaking settlers who re-inhabited Nyíregyháza in the middle of the 18th century when it was becoming depopulated, and put it on a path of development.

A village from the Árpád age – reinterpreted

Get to know how Hungarians lived in the Árpád age! A village from the age of Árpád’s conquest of Hungary was constructed on the territory of the Sóstó Open Air Museum, providing a very good scene for experience-based learning, as it is much easier for children to learn something if they can see and experience it.

Where the spirit of fruits is matured to beverages

Get to know the ‘pálinka’ culture of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county with its three fruit spirits having a protected designation of origin: the apple pálinka of Szabolcs, the plum pálinka of Szatmár and the sour cherry pálinka of Újfehértó. The Pálinka House located next to the Open Air Village can host exhibitions, educational lectures and company events.

Be a part of it!

Are you curious how our ancestors celebrated Easter or Pentecost? Do you know what traditions and beliefs they had in connection with these holidays? Have you tried poppy-seed maize or ‘pipiske’? Do you know what ‘nyögvenyelő’ (‘hard to swallow’) is? Come and try the Tirpak flavours at the Open Air Museum’s events! You can be part of a number of folk traditions if you visit the traditionalist events.

Pictures of the Open Air Museum


Address: 4431 Nyíregyháza-Sóstógyógyfürdő, Tölgyes u. 1.


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