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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  • A beautiful open air museum in a beautiful setting just a short walk from the centre of Riga (30 minutes). IS one of The older open air museum in Europe. It was founded in 1924. Definitely worth a... 
    A beautiful open air museum in a beautiful setting just a short walk from the centre of Riga (30 minutes). IS one of The older open air museum in Europe. It was founded in 1924. Definitely worth a...  more »
  • Attended the annual arts and craft fair the first weekend of June. Hundreds of artisans selling their craft work. Amazing time! 
    Attended the annual arts and craft fair the first weekend of June. Hundreds of artisans selling their craft work. Amazing time!  more »
  • Be prepared to walk a lot and get tired ;0) The grounds are extensive and some visitors may find that they need to choose which places and buildings they must see and which they prefer to skip... 
    Be prepared to walk a lot and get tired ;0) The grounds are extensive and some visitors may find that they need to choose which places and buildings they must see and which they prefer to skip...  more »
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  • It's a nice place to go around and explore on your own. Holding the paper map in hand it feels like a treasure hunt event. It's beautifully maintained, the sheds and houses are in great condition. Washrooms are clean, could be cleaner...maybe. You'll find some restaurants inside, I tried one near the river. Their food was delicious and hygienic ❤️ and u also get a beautiful view to enjoy your meal.
  • I really enjoyed my visit. I spent five hours looking at all the buildings and walking the forest paths. The museum is very interesting with displays inside the buildings. I highly recommend spending a day here. It was very calming to hear only bird song and be away from the city. Take a lunch.
  • Definitely a place to see, little bit out of town but the experience is worthy. You’ll learn about Latvian history with all the regions customs and traditions in this splendid area. The actors are explaining their lives as real characters from history and all the houses are real ones brought to that museum. Besides, the forest area is so big that you can hike, check out different species of mushrooms and flowers, have a picnic, try local food and drinks as well as beer, or a swim in the lake.
  • An impressive and interesting museum on any day, turned extra special by the yearly crafts fair that gathers the best Latvian artisans in one place. Be warned that during the fair getting lost is rather easy and chances of spending lots of money on truly quality items high (bring cash as only a few vendors accept cards). Outside of the fair the museum provides a wonderful retreat from the city and modern life. Situated next to a lake you will spend your time walking in the forest from one historic homestead to another. The museum staff are friendly, knowledgeable and usually very good at different languages. And if you can make either the traditional fair or the modern makers fair later in the summer I can highly recommend both.
  • It was great at.Examples of every type of peasant hut, farm shed old rustic chuches from all over the country. They each had a potted history along side them. A massive site.Local people in national costume, doing traditional trades like weaving. Traditional food being serve from one hut in the middle of a forest.Site is along side a lake , full of birdsong, verdant.

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