Pioneer villages

Pioneer villages, open-air and living history museums are a travel topic.
Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada

A pioneer village is a form of living museum in which a village-size group of historic buildings is restored to their use in an earlier time period, typically with museum guide staff in period costume carrying out the tasks of tradespeople of that era with traditional methods and tools. The target eras for such historic reconstruction vary, with the "pioneer era" (widespread global colonisation by Europeans in the 1600s and 1700s, ending with adoption of steam power in the Victorian 1800s) among the most popular. Native or Viking settlements are also occasional targets for reconstruction, as a village may represent any era before the adoption of 20th century automation, industrialisation and mechanisation.

Often, the village is assembled from authentic local historic buildings which are relocated to a common site as a means of historic preservation; this may preserve structures which otherwise would be lost due to urban development or destroyed by flooding after construction of a hydroelectric dam.

A living museum need not necessarily recreate an entire village or settlement; in some cases, just one or a handful of buildings (anything from an individual mill or blacksmith shop to a historic fortress) are restored to operation. Confusingly, the term "living museum" also is often applied to nature museums or protected areas, which are not the same concept.

By its nature, this is not a comprehensive list.

Australia

Main Street of Sovereign Hill (Victoria)

Canada

Sherbrooke Village, Nova Scotia

Japan

Malaysia

New Zealand

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sweden

United Kingdom

Wax candles are home-made at Ulster American Folk Park
As the term "pioneer village" is colonial in origins and context, comparable attractions in the UK and Europe are branded as "living history museums" or "open-air museums". These terms are not the same in meaning, but there is substantial overlap.

United States of America

See also: Early United States history, Old West
Covered bridge at Old Sturbridge, Massachusetts

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