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. To visit Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum on your trip to Riga, use our Riga trip planner .
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  • Located about 1/2 hour outside Riga. Started in 1924 and covers 213 acres of forest land. Over 100 buildings from Latvia's different regions were transported here to preserve examples of rural life. O...  more »
  • If you've watched the old town and have enjoyed here, is to visit open air museum of Riga advisable.
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  • Beautiful in the winter! But make sure you have eaten in advance! The closest to eat was 1.5 km away (McDo). Sure step on the correct bus stop ' Brivebas '. And trust so not on Google Maps;-). You get hit there smoothly from the Centre of Riga with bus 1.
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  • A wonderful place to spend some quiet relaxation time either with or without kids. Set amongst a beautiful pine-tree forest on the shores of a lake, the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum houses an amazing wealth of Latvian historical wooden architecture that not only provide insight in ancient life-ways, but form an interesting subject for study (for example for wood-working) as well... The fact that the park's custodians walk around in traditional dress and provide traditional hand-made souvenirs adds to the charm of this amazing place. As such, the museum therefore is the perfect setting for the occasional traditional arts & craft market held there. Definitely worth a visit - if not multiple!
  • The area of the open museum is huge and mostly forested. Entry is 4e for adult. The museum contains lots of wooden houses spread over large territory. Each house has a small plaque saying when it was built and when it was transferred to the museum. Most of the houses are 200 years old. However all this is just not interesting enough: you spend a lot of energy to reach each house and gain very little knowledge by reading and the things you see are mostly the same. The only exception is the blacksmith that started to work after noon and was interesting to watch.
  • Even if it is located some distance from the city centre, in my opinion it is one of the most interesting and beautiful museums in Riga and Latvia. It is located in a very beautiful place surrounded by pine forest and near lake. All those buildings are real buildings which are transported from all over Latvia. So they are not replica, but real, historical buildings. In my opinion museum is worth to visit. Just take into account that you can go inside of buildings mostly during summer season. You can check museum home page, but mostly it is between 1st May - 30rd September. Also it is very interesting to visit museum during some events. Like for example Latvian Folk Applied Arts FAIR which is traditionally held at the first weekend of June. All necessary information about events, how to reach it, you can find in a museum webpage.
  • Easy to get to with tram #1 from the city, just go until the last stop and then walk for about 15-20 minutes. The museum is very cheap (2€) and it's a beautiful area. You can see traditional Latvian houses from all regions of the country and even go inside (in winter there are only very few houses open, I guess more in summer). And even just for a walk through the forest, the museum is a great choice. I liked it very much!
  • An interesting selection of buildings located in a peaceful forest. I was surprised that there were very few people on a sunny Sunday in June. Because the area was mostly empty, walking around was even more relaxing than it would normally be. Entrance fee is only 2 EUR, so it's a bargain.
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