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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  • Do not go in Winter. Although the entry fee is reduced to 2EUR, it's somehow still not worth it. Only 2 buildings were open, and in the second one, we were made to feel unwelcome. Other than that... 
    Do not go in Winter. Although the entry fee is reduced to 2EUR, it's somehow still not worth it. Only 2 buildings were open, and in the second one, we were made to feel unwelcome. Other than that...  more »
  • This vast open-air museum is located just outside Riga and can be reached via bus #1 from city center in 45 minutes. Entrance fee is 4 EUR. The place is divided in four (4) sections, each one... 
    This vast open-air museum is located just outside Riga and can be reached via bus #1 from city center in 45 minutes. Entrance fee is 4 EUR. The place is divided in four (4) sections, each one...  more »
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  • 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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