Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum , LV 1024 Riga ( last change : 06.09.2010 16:19:28 )

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Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum
Brivibas gatve 440,
LV- 1024 Riga
Phone : +371-67/99 45 15     +371-67/99 41 06
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One of the oldest open-air museums in Europe, founded in 1924. Area (100 ha) lies on the banks of the Jugla lake. Characteristic buildings from different Latvian regions Kurzeme, Latgale, Vidzeme and Latgale have been moved to the museum: homesteads, several churches, windmills, smithies and brick-kilns. Also on show Livonian peasants and Russian old-believers’ farmhouses, as well as the 18-th century country school, an old road-pub and a farm of the 1920-1930-ties. Visitors may watch a blacksmith, spoon-carver, bee-keeper and other masters at work. Exhibition halls display ancient as well as modern artwork. Different concerts take place at weekends.

The museum shows the rural buildings of the four major Latvian regions Kurzeme (Curland), Vidzeme, Latgale and Zemgale. The buildings are grouped accordingly. For each region typical cottage gardens are created with vegetables, berries, fruits and ornamental plants (unfortunately not yet been written). By 2006, even the blue Latvian cows and regional sheep breeds were shown. Because of budget and personnel cuts the keeping of livestock unfortunately had to be abandoned.

Opening hours :
Mon-Sun 10-17

Admission price :
Adults: 2,00 Ls

Restaurant, Description :
coffee shop with cakes and sausages

Infrastructure :
Imbiss/Kiosk  Picknick     



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