The ethnographic exposition in nature was opened to the public in 1982. It gives visitors a comprehensive idea of the basic living conditions of Ukrainians in Slovakia in past historical periods. Typical monuments of folk architecture and housing in the area of northeastern Slovakia are concentrated here.
Collected and stored in the open-air museum are the reconstructed dwellings of people from this region, farm buildings, barns, haystacks, barns, as well as technical buildings such as a water mill and a water sawmill. Of the sacral buildings in the exhibition, there is a wooden church (d. 1766) from Nová Polianka (Mergeška) with rich interior decoration.
In wooden houses under thatched and shingled roofs, there is a modest furniture fluffy with history and home inventory, which is interesting for visitors not only for its rarity, but especially for its unconventionality.
A part of the Open-Air Museum in Svidník is also a village school, in which pupils studied in one common classroom. The teacher also had his humble abode in the small building.
The open-air museum in Svidník really breathes history. It transports the visitor into the past and makes him feel that he has returned in time. The picturesqueness of the area is complemented by the magical nature and views of the surroundings. Folklore festivals are regularly held in the nearby amphitheater. The most famous are the traditional Festival of Ukrainian Culture - Ruthenians of Slovakia (June) and the Ruthenian Festival (May).