Lišov, southern part of central Slovakia; Krupina district, border of Nitra and Bansko-Bystrica self-governing regions.
Lišov is located in the southern part of central Slovakia, on the border of the Nitra and Banská Bystrica self-governing regions, in the historical region of Hont. The Hont region is well known to tourists thanks to its lively folk traditions, rural architecture and viticulture, which is famous for its specific local autochthonous grape varieties. The landscape has a typical rural character. Lišov has preserved folk houses and there are specific rock dwellings carved into the tuff rocks of the volcanic mountain range (Krupina plateau).
Today's territory of the village was inhabited by Neolithic cultures and also in the younger Bronze Age. The first written mention of a medieval village dates back to the second half of the 13th century. Farming, specifically viticulture and stonemasonry, were typical livelihood activities in the past. The countryside in Slovakia generally suffers from depopulation. However, this is not the case in Lišov. The population is predominantly of the productive age group and no population decline has been observed over the last 20 years. These predispositions of the rural environment, among other factors, stimulated the establishment of the Civic Association (CA) Lišov Museum in 2015. Over the last 7 years, the OZ Lišov Museum has become popular and attracts foreign visitors. This means that the hitherto unnoticed but picturesque village of Lišov has become known far beyond the borders of the region and Slovakia.
The house in which the museum is housed is called the Lišovská Izba (traditionally furnished folk room). The traditionally furnished folk room has the character of a museum exhibition. Since 2009 it has been included in the register of the Slovak National Museum. OZ Lišov Museum was founded by Jakub Dvorský, Adriana Patková and Martin David Clark in 2015 as a non-profit non-governmental organization. The museum house was originally built in 1916. In the past, it was inhabited by large large families.
Thanks to the cultural events and festivals associated with the Lišov Museum, the village is known to tourists beyond the borders of the Hont region. The Lišov Museum has also financed the creation of the Masks Gallery, which contains an interesting collection of masks from different countries around the world, which also attracts foreign visitors.
The Lišov Museum operates as an innovative community organisation providing educational tourism in the small village of Lišov. OZ Lišov Museum provides tourist educational activities and services in its three buildings; the first is a traditional Lišov Folk House called "Lišov Room" and showcases typical local and regional architectural features in a room that is decorated in a rural folk style; the second is a replica of a Celtic dwelling; and the third is the Mask Gallery, which houses a small shop with handmade products from local craftsmen, artists, and farmers. The Lišov Museum Association is currently working on the restoration of the 1887 house. Original materials such as clay, stone and wood are being used for the renovation. In the future, it is planned that there will be a café. The Lišov Museum is actively involved in educational activities funded by the ERASMUS+ programme and several exchanges have been carried out annually through this grant programme. The educational tourism business strategy combines innovative aspects that interact with expert knowledge of local and regional history and traditions. This core activity is further diversified into services provided directly in the three buildings.
Trade with local products creates the basis for further promotion of local products by tourists visiting other regions of Slovakia and abroad. In this way they can share their experiences with other potential visitors. Trade in local products is a very important element of the circular economy, which is beneficial for the revival of weak economic activities in remote and economically marginalised villages, as is also the case in Lišov. The Lišov Museum organises various events and festivals. Very impressive are the Christmas markets that are organised in the museum complex.
The museum in Lišov emphasizes the sustainability of business activities, which means the use of local materials and the use of inherited craftsmanship skills and goods produced in the village or region. Ultimately, all these sustainable activities support the quality of the landscape and add value to the rural environment.
The preserved folk architecture and traditionally farmed agricultural landscape create valuable landscape features that increase the attractiveness of the landscape for tourists compared to commercially farmed agricultural landscapes with monocultures and large blocks of fields. In addition, traditional landscapes have significant natural values and are rich in biodiversity.
The OZ Lišov Museum has also become popular through its website and social networks: firstname.lastname@example.org www.lisovmuzeum.sk.
What key success factors would Jakub Dvorský, co-founder and current director of the Lišov Museum, like to share with others?
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