Ethnographic Museum in Riga
The open-air ethnographic museum in Riga was founded in 1924, and since then, 118 ancient buildings have been transported from all over Latvia – Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Zemgale and Latgale. All of them are located on the territory of the museum in such a way as to create an idea of the historical rural landscape of Latvia. The museum houses the buildings of peasants, artisans and fishermen, as well as farm buildings – taverns, smithies, mills, churches. The interior and furnishings of the buildings correspond to specific regions of Latvia and the way of life of people living in them.
An open-air ethnographic museum in Riga will give a thorough idea of what Latvia looked like in those almost epic times when the peasant was still a general breadwinner. The museum on the shore of Lake Jugla is an amazing place for long unhurried walks. You can take your picnic basket with you, and you can pay tribute to the Latvian cuisine in a real roadside inn under the pines.
The Ethnographic Museum occupies 87 hectares of well-kept forest park. To show the public from all four cultural and historical regions of Latvia – Kurzeme, Zemgale, Vidzeme and Latgale – 118 original Latvian old buildings have been reassembled and re-assembled. Typical for their terrain are peasant farmsteads, windmills, forges, pottery furnaces and tar, house-workshops of artisans, in some of which you can observe the work of masters of original folk crafts.
Every year at the end of the first week of June an extensive fair is held at the Ethnographic Museum, where Latvian artisans and artists bring high-quality jewelry, textiles, wicker and forged products, ceramics, etc.
THE MUSEUM IS OPENED EVERY DAILY FROM 10.00 to 17.00
Bonaventuras street 10, Riga, LV-1024
67,994,106; cashier: 67994515