Already in the 1970s the founder of the park, Mr. Walter Markel, had the intention to build a museum presenting the typical features of an Ore Mountain village in addition to the existing exposition of European Wildlife and the Nature Reserve.
Only in 2005, this idea started to be pursued and realized due to the possibility of funds from the European Union.
Based on the original idea the project of the Center of Ore Mountain Folk Art was developed, which will be divided into several exhibitions. One exhibition will be located in the museum of the city of Annaberg-Buchholz in neighbouring Germany, others in the museums of Chomutov and Most and in the open air museum Stará Ves on the grounds of the Ore Mountains Zoopark.
A copy of a half-timbered chapel that originally stood in the village Krupice in the Doupov mountains was the first building in the open air museum Stará Ves.Větrný mlýn This was followed by the construction of a wind mill and a half-timbered farmhouse, which nowadays shows the way of life of residents of the Ore Mountains, including their customs and traditions. This is offered not only by means of a permanent exhibition, which includes the breeding of domestic animals, but also through various social events. From Soběnic near Úštěk, a blockhouse has been brought, which was saved from demolition. It followed the revitalization of the pond, and an avenue of lime trees was planted, at which stands a statue of the Holy Trinity. In subsequent years, students of Czech and German secondary schools built an early medieval settlement with old Slovak and old Germanic homes.
Within the project Ore Mountains Folk Art Center the Ore Mountain village will grow further in the future. A carving workshop in which visitors will be demonstrated examples of folk crafts and tools is being planned, the blockhouse will be finished, and a barn with sanitary facilities will be built. It will become essential to build a fence around the area.
The partners are also planning to jointly create a presentation of the Ströher collection, which includes both original Czech, as well as Saxon historical objects, especially toys, thus creating the first across border presentation of traditional folk art. The Ströher collection is being loaned by the Swiss collector Dr. Erika Pohl-Ströher and will be shown on both the German and the Czech side. With the joint presentation of the collection in the city of Annaberg-Buchholz, the regional museum in Chomutov and the Regional Museum in Most, where new exhibition spaces will be prepared, the project partners want to promote cross-border tourism and highlight common traditions. The planned establishment of a joint cross-border exposition of Ore Mountain folk art enhances the development of tourism, increases employment and improves conditions for private business.
For all three participating sites, a system of cross-border entrance will be established. When creating a common entrance system, social aspects will be taken into account to allow access to the exhibition for all groups.
The Ore Mountains joint presentation of folk art, its origin and development, contributes to mutual understanding on both sides of the border and thus enhances the identification of the population with the Ore Mountains, including the territory of its common culture and tradition.