The Archaeological Open Air Museum is situated in Modrá u Velehradu, near Uherské Hradiště, at the site of an ancient Great Moravian settlement. It is an important tourist destination commemorating one of the most important stages of our history.
The open-air museum is enlivened with historical re-enactments, educational performances and programmes, metal smelting and pottery making workshops, farming, and ongoing archaeological research. In the immediate vicinity of the museum you can admire nature at close range at the Living Water freshwater and botanical park. You can observe underwater life – fish, aquatic animals and plants typical of the Morava River ecosystem – through a glass tunnel. There is also a wooden footbridge over the enclosure with majestic prairie cattle, the ancestors of today’s cattle breeds.
The Centre of Moravian-Slovak Traditions invites you to a market of local products, distillery, plum brandy store, wine trail with a year-round wine exhibition, and a museum of winemaking and distilling. From here, the journey continues to Velehrad, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Moravia with the Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and Sts. Cyril and Methodius. The history of Velehrad began more than 800 years ago, when the first 12 Cistercian monks came to the valley of the Salaška River to build their monastery near the village of Veligrad (today’s Staré Město).