Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, Riga

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Learn about the lives of ancient farmers and fishermen at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum. The museum features 118 buildings--including village houses, ancient bathhouses, and buildings representing different crafts--as well as 114,000 items. You can do everything from taste the traditional food to forge your own jewelry. The site provides a nice chance to explore rural life characteristic of the 17th through mid-20th centuries. Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Riga Edition.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We just chose to spend the day of August also thanks to a beautiful Sun. .. We reached in half an hour by bus No 1 from Merkela iela, a few steps from our hotel. very few people I can say I had a wood just for us ... beautiful stroll along the pathways lined with birches and enter into all the houses. The cost is 4 euro per persona....la map there and in all languages except Italian ... okay ... we admire ... ... very clear, however, easy to follow given the consecutive numbering of every interesting place to see. We had lunch in a small room inside and are not immediately at the entrance ... I mean, considering the crowding everywhere in our country on this day (in Riga is not celebrated) spend it in this way, it was like living a fairy tale.
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  • August 12, 2017
    From the hotel to the Museum is the easiest to take a taxi, it is also not expensive. Calculate that you need 3-4 hours if not longer then it really is a lot to see and experience. Where there are humans who sit outside or in contact and ask! They are nice and informative. You get at the entrance a map of the area, and selecting paths are well marked. Use the time and enjoy buildings, manicured gardens and animals and birds that are in the forest. Good roads and trails in some places there are stairs. Essentially, the site accessible for wheelchairs. On the site there is the possibility of refreshment and simple food. At the entrance there is a returant with good food. The place is so good that it is advices visited.
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  • August 12, 2017
    The Museum opened in Turaida, Latvia is a must-see place, lush vegetation with a special colorful, authentic Latvian sculptures in stone, at the top there is a castle with wonderful views. Both the open Turaida Museum and the cave, are located in the Gauja National Park, the largest and most beautiful in Latvia with more than 900 km of abundant and varied vegetation. Recommended!
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  • June 26, 2017
    This was simply awesome. I was there almost four years ago. Trees, lake and smell of latvian history was really impressive to me. I'd like to visit there again if possible.. Highly recommended for visitors of Latvia. You wont regret seeing it.
  • June 3, 2017
    Fantastic ethnic museum in the open air. Very authentic, full of local history, just beautiful. Travel back in time to see how people lived all across Latvia. Be prepared to have lots of walking, cause you don't want to miss anything.
  • June 18, 2017
    Big territory, good for just calm and peaceful nature hike, but also provides architectural historical value. It's the regular people/peasant kind of architecture of 17.-19.century, in contrast what one can see in Rundale, for example. Polish, slavic kind of structures from wood with a mixes from northern influence, separated in sectors, all museum spots have descriptions in lv/rus/eng.
  • June 5, 2017
    If you are interested in history, then it's a must. Also we saw a hare here once, it was running between the exemplars of peasant huts toward the forest.
  • May 4, 2017
    About 30 mins out of Riga city centre on bus 1, this museum is a nice day out to stroll in the woods by the lake and enjoy the old dwellings.

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