On the southern side of Malá Fatra National Park, Martin is primarily an industrial town but it sports several small museums and the country's largest skanzen (open-air village museum). Traditional buildings (krčma – or village pub – included) from all over the region have been moved to the Museum of the Slovak Village.
If you've seen a brochure or postcard of Slovakia, you've probably seen a photograph of Čičmany (www.cicmany.viapvt.sk); dark log homes painted with white geometric patterns fill this traditional village. This is no skanzen; most houses are private residences, but Radenov House is a museum. There's a gift shop, a small restaurant and a pension in the long, narrow settlement.