THEMATIC GROUP 1: Defining the open air museum
Definition of an open air museum
Is the existing definition adequate for all types of open air museums?
Is it necessary to use the title “open air museum” for open air museums other than ethnological or the architectonic ones?
Is the recommended model system for preparation of exhibitions practical for the process of selection, evaluation and systemization of collections in open air museums?
Can a quality concept and its partial segments (exhibition plan, training and texts for lecturers and guides) eliminate the misrepresentation of history in the exhibitions?
The opportunities and the limits of preserving and presenting the historical facts
Where is the boundary between the real reconstruction of past phenomena and mere visualisation, and how should we deal with the risk of misrepresenting the past in connection with the design, implementation and operation of open air museums?
Is it possible to assess the quality of an open air museum mainly by the quality of the concept and the degree of its application in the exhibition?
Is it possible, and is it desirable, to create specific laboratory conditions in open air museums, in fact, directly within the exhibitions, where the specific phenomena would be experimentally implemented, applying as high degree of identity as possible, without considerable limitations of the current conditions?
Authenticity, identity and visualisation
What is the role of buildings and historical compounds in open air museums when it comes to conservation of authentic values, and to what degree can they be replaced by new values created as substitutes of the authentic ones (replicas, copies, landscaping and field elements, farming zones, revitalisation activities, etc.)?