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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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  • I visited in September 2022. The museum is very good and I spent 2-3 hours but could easily have been there longer. It is not a good thing to do on a rainy day. I travelled there on Bus 31 from... 
    I visited in September 2022. The museum is very good and I spent 2-3 hours but could easily have been there longer. It is not a good thing to do on a rainy day. I travelled there on Bus 31 from...  more »
  • A beautiful open air museum in a beautiful setting just a short walk from the centre of Riga (30 minutes). IS one of The older open air museum in Europe. It was founded in 1924. Definitely worth a... 
    A beautiful open air museum in a beautiful setting just a short walk from the centre of Riga (30 minutes). IS one of The older open air museum in Europe. It was founded in 1924. Definitely worth a...  more »
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  • It's a nice place to go around and explore on your own. Holding the paper map in hand it feels like a treasure hunt event. It's beautifully maintained, the sheds and houses are in great condition. Washrooms are clean, could be cleaner...maybe. You'll find some restaurants inside, I tried one near the river. Their food was delicious and hygienic ❤️ and u also get a beautiful view to enjoy your meal.
  • Definitely a place to see, little bit out of town but the experience is worthy. You’ll learn about Latvian history with all the regions customs and traditions in this splendid area. The actors are explaining their lives as real characters from history and all the houses are real ones brought to that museum. Besides, the forest area is so big that you can hike, check out different species of mushrooms and flowers, have a picnic, try local food and drinks as well as beer, or a swim in the lake.

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