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Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, Riga

(4.5/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Very interesting visit. It was very cold with frozen snow on ground and Lake Jugla frozen.Centuries old wooden houses with original working implements showing amazing innovation of how they lived and ...  more »
  • An open air museum, that will take you about one day to walk around and enjoy the scenery/buildings and atmosphere of a historical/traditional Latvian country life. I suggest you go there in the first...  more »
  • Visited annual traditional fair and had a chance to explore museum's territory. Be prepared for long walk and unpredictable discovers! Juglas lake gives romantic atmosphere and feeling of never-ending...  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing project of getting some even 300 years old log houses from the place they'd perish to here and displaying for all to see. Also has awesome blacksmiths hut where I've been shown ropes on how to use hammer, iron and fire. Very authentic and awesome place to visit, especially when the crafts market takes place
  • A good idea to learn about Latvia, if you are interested. You can see how these people lived, and gathered to reach today's modern life.
  • Nice open air museum. Plan to spend minimum 2-3 hours there. Good restoran available serving national food.
  • Good place to see real ethnography, original buildins of 15th century, great nature!
  • Rude staff and we almost didn't get in because card machine wasn't working at the entrance, but we had already payed for parking. Good for long walks, it takes about ~3h to see almost every old house.