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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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  • It's away from the city in a pretty area of the countryside. There are many reconstructed buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as a few types of windmills. Our guide was excellent and ta...  more »
  • Our visit was mainly a success because it proved some time away from the busy city centre. The buildings are pretty and there is some info translated to English.  more »
  • We caught the bus from the centre. We initially relied on Google maps as to when to alight, however a very nice local on the same bys advised us get off on the stop before which was perfect. The musem...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Worth a visit if you're interested in Latvian history. The restaurant on the premises has excellent traditional food.