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Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, Riga
(4.4/5 based on 500+ 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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  • If you have a sunny day, this is a good idea for a little trip. Just a few minutes by bus out of town (bus station directly in front), this little museum offers some interesting exhibits, nice hiking ...  more »
  • I visited this open air museum with my boyfriend in December 2016. It was one of the best activities we had in Riga! The traditional wooden houses were gorgeous. All was covered in snow and had a fair...  more »
  • The Museum is easy to reach with the tourist bus. Site with the curiosity of how people lived in ancient times. Very interesting. It is worth visiting.
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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.