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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Spent most of a lovely day at this museum in the forest stepping back in time in Latvia. One the edge of an inlet and set in rolling forest this very special museum was one of our highlights. Rural... more »
We took one of the very efficient buses from Riga on a gloomy day at the end of December and thoroughly enjoyed our few hours at the open air museum. Even without the craftsmen who are there in the... more »
We went in late November, so it was quite a gloomy experience, but we did still enjoyed it. Would suggest coming here during the summer months. Did not see any restaurant or cafe facilities so it may be advisable to bring some food/refreshments with you. We were a bit disappointed that you couldn't go inside 95% of the buildings in the open air museum, but perhaps this is because the inside needs restoration. If this is the case the museum should increase their entrance fee of 2 euros pp to something that will also help fund restoration of this important museum.
Great place for a family trip with beautiful nature and nice views. We went there in summer and had good weather. I don’t know how it is when it rains, or in winter, but probably less nice? There seem to be very little indoor activities or restaurants.
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