Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, Riga

4.5
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. To visit Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum on your trip to Riga, use our Riga trip planner.
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  • The Open Air Museum can be reached by an easy 2km walk from the terminus fort Tram #1 at Jugla, using the pavement (sidewalk) beside the main highway, with some of the preserved buildings in the...  more »
  • Spent most of a lovely day at this museum in the forest stepping back in time in Latvia. One the edge of an inlet and set in rolling forest this very special museum was one of our highlights. Rural...  more »
  • We took one of the very efficient buses from Riga on a gloomy day at the end of December and thoroughly enjoyed our few hours at the open air museum. Even without the craftsmen who are there in the...  more »
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  • This place, besides a nice walk through the forest, is a good reminder of how people is capable to dig on their memories and pay tribute to their past way of life. All you see here -I'm under the impression- has nothing to do with what you may see at Riga. Most of the farm houses, barns, cabins were from XVI, XVII, XVIII centuries and they've been refurnished in such a wonderful way. It shows hard life, beyond today's imagination, living in community... It's a great example for the kids and for the grown-ups. Amazing place.
  • We went in late November, so it was quite a gloomy experience, but we did still enjoyed it. Would suggest coming here during the summer months. Did not see any restaurant or cafe facilities so it may be advisable to bring some food/refreshments with you. We were a bit disappointed that you couldn't go inside 95% of the buildings in the open air museum, but perhaps this is because the inside needs restoration. If this is the case the museum should increase their entrance fee of 2 euros pp to something that will also help fund restoration of this important museum.
  • Great place for a family trip with beautiful nature and nice views. We went there in summer and had good weather. I don’t know how it is when it rains, or in winter, but probably less nice? There seem to be very little indoor activities or restaurants.
  • It's awesome that this place is upkept and still exists. Been here as a kid and and adult, and it's still a nice place for a walk and exploration. Some great views to be found. The little restraunt at the entrance has nice staff and serves pretty good food, so be sure to stop for a meal
  • Absolutely great. Taking almost a three hours lovely stroll during the golden fall period was definitely one of my best cultural experiences in all the Baltic countries. На мой взгляд, даже лучше, чем Кижи.

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