The Kysuce Museum in Čadca is a regional museum focused on national history and geography. At the same time, it is also a specialized museum with Slovakia-wide competence concerning the documentation of the development of forest railways in Slovakia for museum purposes.
It is a specialized regional cultural institution focusing on the systematic collection, protection, scientific and expert processing of material evidence and it makes such evidence available. The museum concentrates on museum-specific documenting of the development of nature, society, science, technology, culture and art in the territory of Kysuce, from the earliest traces of settlement until the present day.
The museum was established on October 1, 1971, as the District Homeland Studies Museum in Čadca, with its activities officially launched on January 1, 1972. In 1974 the museum changed its name to the Kysuce Museum. Besides the permanent exposition “Kysuce”, the museum building has exhibition premises where short-term exhibitions are held, which the museum enhances with a range of lectures, video-projections and presentations. The Kysuce Museum is one of the main organizers of the international folk culture film festival – Etnofilm Čadca. The Kysuce Museum is administered by the Žilina self-governing region.
The Kysuce Museum in Čadca features the following expositions: Radoľa Manor House, Museum of the Kysuce Village, Historical Back-swath Forest Railway in Vychylovka and the Joint Natural Science Exposition in Krásno nad Kysucou.
The Joint Natural Science Exposition is a common project of four museums that are administered by the Žilina self-governing region. The natural science exposition has been prepared in the new premises of the Kysuce Museum, that were created through modification of a part of collections depository in Krásno nad Kysucou. The exposition presents the fauna and flora of north-western Slovakia. The main attraction is a life-sized replica of a mammoth female, as a reference to the fossil relics found in the vicinity. The exposition will also comprise a specialized natural science classroom that will be used in teaching natural and environmental sciences. The Joint Natural Science Exposition is open to the public since 1 October 2009.
Kysuce museum in Cadca, organization established by the Zilina Self-Governing Region, manages following expositions: Skanzen – Vychylovka – permanent ethnographic exhibition in nature located in Nova Bystrica – Vychylovka, Historical Forest Cogwheel Railway – that is also available for visitors to ride in, Manor House Radola – one of the oldest historical buildings in Kysuce (characteristic renaissance style of yeoman residence) and Slovak Natural History Museum located in Krasno nad Kysucou showcasing the fauna and flora of the north-western part of Slovakia. The main building of the Kysuce museum in Cadca hosts two permanent as well temporary exhibitions.