The Kylämäki Village is surrounded by fields, meadows and pasturage, which is a sign of the long-lasting coexistence of man and nature. These traditional biotopes are sustained by pasturing and reaping. The flora of the area is also mapped regularly in order to monitor the development of the species.
The Kylämäki Village in Kurala opened to the public in 1988. The Kylämäki Village is not a typical open-air museum. It is a village where history is brought to life with demonstrations and authentic experiences. For twenty years the museum's workshop was a place to try out archaeological work, but today you can go in and explore traditional handicrafts.
During the summer you can see many farm animals in Kurala, and pasturage is an integral part of maintaining the traditional landscape of the Kylämäki Village. The museum is loyal to the 1950s when it comes to its animals. All the animals you see there now are ones that the inhabitants already kept in the 1950s. The animals have spacious pasture lands where they lighten up the landscape.
All the animals living in Kurala during the summer are owned by a private animal keeper, who is in charge of their care.
The farmed cultural landscape of Kurala began taking shape in the Iron Age, over a thousand years ago. By the Middle Iron Age, the former straits of the sea had formed the River Aura and the River Jaaninoja. People settled along the rivers.