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Visiting The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia Riga

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Just a drive from the downtown area, The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia is located on the banks of Lake Jugla. It is one of the oldest and largest open air museums in the world and contains 118 historical buildings from Latvia's four provinces. Here you can learn about the different regions of Latvia and their histories, and all the details of daily life. You can stroll through traditional farmsteads and the dwelling homes of craftsmen, and view the work of traditional craftsmen.

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The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia Visit and Tour

The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia Visit and Tour

1. The Festivals

1. The Festivals

With The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia tickets, you can enjoy the festivals. Every month the Museum organises various festivals, craft or market days like The Midsummer Eve in June, The Old Crafts day in September, Martins Day market in November etc. On the market days, The Museum territory is busy with visitors and sellers. Everyone is coming here to buy or sell traditional knitting, jewellery, pottery, ecological vegetables, meat or national souvenirs. Every Sunday, in Usma Church there is held a concert of organ music. The most well-known and unforgettable event is the Traditional Applied Folk Art Fair, which has been hosted by the museum for nearly 50 years. The most talented artisans, singers, and dancers come together from all over Latvia.

2. The Museum

2. The Museum

The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum is hiding in a pine wood stretching along the bank of Jugla Lake. Walking into the museum is the same like walking in ancient Latvia, at times when all these houses, structures and objects were used for peoples every day life. Wooden houses with straw roofs, dim rooms and low ceilings, artisans and fisherman's farms, windmills, churches, homesteads, smithies and brick-kilns. Moreover, the staff here is wearing national costumes thus making the atmosphere more alike to the former times. This Ethnographic Museum is the storage of about 118 ancient buildings and 3.000 household objects. You must see all the collections on The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia tour.

3.  Educational Programs and The Pub

3. Educational Programs and The Pub

The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia tour offers its visitors countless differently themed educational programs, guided tours and educational lessons for pupils, families with kids, and adults that serve not only to expand knowledge, but also to give new inspiration. It's a perfect place to visit with your family when you're in Riga. Throughout the year, the pub offers the opportunity to eat delicately at a pub-covered table or at a lounge in the museum. A multitude of deliciously authentic Latvian food for all stomachs and wallets. For larger groups, cooking can be ordered in a mantel on a live fire. During the summer season, bread is cooked in a big oven on Saturdays.

The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia Riga Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia tickets can be purchased when you arrive at the ticket office. There is no online ticket sold on the museum's official website. The ticket prices are different on winter season and summer season. There are also annual and seasonal tickets. If you go with your family, we recommend you to buy the family tickets or large family tickets. The museum also offers evening tickets for those who want to visit at night. Groups of minimum 10 persons get a discount for each ticket purchased.

How To Get Around?

The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia tour can be done on foot. It's an open-air museum and you can just stroll around to enjoy everything. The museum is also accessible by wheelchair. The nearest attractions can be reached by taking a bus from Brivdabas Muzejs bus stop nearby.

What Should I Wear?

There is no fixed dress code required to visit this museum. You can get The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Lativa tickets and just enjoy it without having to worry about what to wear.

The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia Riga Facts

Best Time to Visit

The museum can be visited at any time of the year, it opens Monday to Sunday at 10.00 - 17.00.



Will I Need a Guide?

You will not need a guide to do The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia tour, it is easily accessible and you can get all the informations needed on this website.

How To Get There?

Take bus number 1 from the corner of Merkela and Terbatas to the Brivdabas muzejs stop. It's also an easy 30-minute bike ride from the centre or you can take tram number 6 to the last stop and follow the bike path the rest of the way to the museum. If you take 'Rigas satiksme' bus, take the routes 1, 19, 28, 29 and stop at the museum's bus stop 'Brivdabas muzejs'. Bicycle is a very popular form of transport. You can easily reach any of the city's attractions, including this museum, by using the two-wheeled vehicle.

Additional Info

The main streets of the city are always crowded. You will find many people even late at night. The majority of them are tourists, who like walking here. Despite the fact that it's rather calm and quiet in the central part of the city even in the evening, travellers are not recommended to take valuables with them without any special need.