ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM OF KUPRES AREA is situated on 1000 m² on two floors. At the moment, there are around 300 exhibits on 260 m² which are gathered in Kupres and its surrounding.
Development plan of Museum predicts expansion and redecoration of existing museum area, by adding new contents , completing and processing of exhibits. Formation of ethnographic collection , with permanant exhibits , is an opportunity to educate local population about importance of cultural-historical heritage and to encourage in preservation of folk tradition. Consciousness about the importance and value of cultural, historical and natural heritage contributes in many ways to development of rural tourism and traditional events such as ‘ Days of Mowing in Kupres’ etc., and indirectly, but not less significantly, to keeping population on the land of their grandfathers.
- Permanent ethnographic exhibition will be situated in the rooms of ‘ Hrvatski dom’ , where it is situated now, with inevitable construction work – movable partition-walls, stage scenery, window insulation ( removing intensive daily light).
- Floor which is covered with tiles should be replaced by wooden floor in walnut colour or colour of old wood.
- Area of the main entrance should be used as a souvenir shop and for selling tickets.
- Area under the gallery is planned for exhibition of photographies, keys etc.(population, geographical features, climate, historical information about development of Kupres area , other important information, musical instruments).
- Special attenion should be paid to redecoration of warehouse, workshop, office for curator, 60 m².
- Considering the fact that the museum area has high ceiling, over 7 m, inside it a model of traditional house in Kupres will be built in natural size, with accompanying interior and replica of open fireplace from the beginning of 20th century. Round the house a path should be made so that visitors can sightsee the object and everything what is placed inside it ( open fireplace with chains, specific furniture- three-leged stool, dining table( sofra), chains, chest box for flour, wooden dishes, craddle, etc, a room with built stove, bed, wardrobe, chest box for clothes). Inside the house mannequin of woman- mother who prepares a meal or does some housework should be placed.
- In the area around the house ( separated by partition-walls ) various objects that try to conjure up different jobs will be placed:
a) tools and instruments for agriculture ( plough, rake, yoke, harrow, hoe, hay-fork ) and wagon for transportation of cargo, mannequin of man who does something ( for example, sharpens scythe for mowing grass)
b) objects connected with cattle-breeding and production of cheese ( milk churns, tub and mould for cheese, shepherd’s sticks, scissors for shearing, tools for hay, harness),
c) objects connected with traditional handicraft:
blacksmith -anvil, a pair of bellows, hammers, pliers; carpenter- handsaws for trunks, logs and planks etc; ”opanak”maker- tanning of leather, mould for ‘opanak’ ( strapped softsoled footwear), twisting of straps,; joiner- joiner’s bench, saws, planes, gimlets, hammers; tin handicraft- tools for putting layers of tin on dishes ( mannequin of a man who does something should be placed).
d) create atmosphere of a grocery which is at the same time an inn, because that was the case in the past.
- In a special room, objects connected with textile manufacture will be placed- tools used for manufacture of textile plants- stamping-mill, loom, weaving textile, weaving cloth, rugs, various linen, sheets, as well as parts of traditional folk costumes for men and women.
- In area of 30 m², annual customs ( Christmas, Easter, Shrove Tuesday, wedding, ) and objects connected with folk beliefs, medicine etc will be presented.
- On gallery, electronic devices, plasma screen TVs, projectors and computers will be placed, which function will be to conjure up elements of traditional life in a multimedia way( by picture and sound). There will also be a reading room , sale of publications, a corner for educating the young about history of Kupres.
- Above some group of objects, photographs will be put, which show how people from Kupres did various jobs in the past.
- Considering the fact that the ceiling is rather high, it is necessary to put partition walls on places which are not planned for traditional house in Kupres.
- It is necessary to hire an expert for lightning with the aim of correct lighting and emhasising each group of objects.
- In gallery area, one part for practical workshop that would work during the whole year will be separated. In this part, loom will be placed, as well as other objects, which are used for weaving and other traditional jobs. In this way, cultural heritage is preserved from oblivion and disappearance and it is transmitted to younger generations.