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 really well designed and interesting place to go. Getting there by bus was easy. It was well described. I'm going to go again  more »
  • If you are tired of city vanity, then the best choice is a visit to the ethnographic museum. There's a whole day fade away. Interesting and informative to see how our ancestors lived, breathe the forest air and admire the Lake. All the buildings brought from different parts of Latvia and restored. In houses reconstructed intnrer distant times, saved. And yet there are kabachek and kiosks where you can try Latvian cuisine. Selling souvenirs and amulets made according to ancient traditions. The truth is, everyone was amused by "vintage" amulets from cops. And even there you can arrange a photoshoot in folk style, girls will appreciate
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  • Outdoor museum just outside the city very attractive from cost honest (€2), the best visit in summer, in winter are open only a couple of buildings nice idea to concentrate in a mega outdoor museum buildings of historic villages found throughout Latvia. Accessible from downtown by bus 1
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  • Lovely Experience. Me and my partner spent a few hours here looking at the old homes they use to have. Very interesting place, easy to get to (just pop on a bus) and cheap entrance. Great views near the bridge.
  • A very interesting museum on open air. Old houses and farms from all over the Latvian country, transported and reassembled here in a beautiful environment. A must visit!
  • Beautiful place to visit and get out of town. Ticket office should consider printing maps of the area cos signage is really poor, and even with the app we downloaded, we were having trouble getting around. The only toilets we found were in the tavern after the entrance, so if you are in the middle of the museum grounds, you gotta hold it until you are on your way out. Also lacks thrash bins for the most part of the territory. However, these small nuisances do not take away from the experience.
  • A wonderful place out of town. Lots of beautiful woods and different kinds of mushrooms. An afternoon well spent.
  • Not much changed since 10 years ago. Lacks entertainment for children so only tourists visit. What a shame and waste of really interesting and authentic place. Suggestion would be to look at Tervetes dabas parks, where people visit every year, because of new things changing each year. Suggestions: children playground, cycles for rent, better signage and pavement and more open houses. As much as adults like history this is not fit for 21st century, especially for youngsters...

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