The museum was designed as a specific local village, that evolved over the time from the "scattered" "spread" type to the "gathered" type. The houses and homesteads were grouped according to the main subzones of historical Maramureş. Broadly, the museum emerged as a reservation of folk architecture monuments. The plan of earlier houses comprises two or three rooms, but by the end of the 18th century emerged more evolved houses with several well partitioned rooms. The walls of the constructions are of wide thick beams ended in the "blockbau" system. The roofs are gabled. While earlier houses (16th - 17th centuries) lack verandas, in the 18th centur...ies almost all had one, made of a sequence of carved decorated pillars forming beautiful archways of a specific pattern. Many constructions have not only an architectural value, but also a documentary one due to their inscriptions. The gates are exceptional pieces in Maramureş. The gates used to be social tokens of the owners. The prevailing pattern on the pillars is the "life tree" as a symbol of life without death, solar and star designs, Christian emblems, but also the snake, cock or anthropomorphic figures, all of them marking a long lasting deep faith from immemorial times.