Izbaudi Rīgu

Latvian Ethnographic Open-air Museum

The Latvian Ethnographic Open-air Museum is one of the oldest open-air museums in Europe. Now its territory covers 87.66 hectares of forest on the banks of Lake Jugla. The museum displays 118 historic buildings from all Latvian regions - Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Zemgale and Latgale dating from the 17th century to the beginning of 1930s.

The museum features the homes of Latvian farmers, craftsmen and fishermen, with permanent exhibitions of household and work equipment that are characterised by the specific time period, region and the owners' occupation. Visitors can also learn more about Kurzeme Liv fishermen and Latgale old-believers' houses here.

On May 16, 1997, the house of New Farmers was opened - a witness to the the Agrarian reforms of 1920. The museum is a workplace for craftsmen and it hosts traditional feast day celebrations. The exhibition hall holds artwork exhibitions from applied art studios and the museum's collection.

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02 Jun - 03 Jun

Markets

Applied Arts Fair at Ethnographic Open Air Museum

02 Jun - 03 Jun
Since 1971, the Museum annually hosts its arts and crafts fair, which is traditionally held on the first weekend in June. In the forty-eight years of its existence, the fair has become an event of national significance – now it has become the symbol of crafts-work of Riga and Latvia and a festival for its participants and visitors.

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02 Jun - 03 Jun

Markets

Applied Arts Fair at Ethnographic Open Air Museum

02 Jun - 03 Jun
Since 1971, the Museum annually hosts its arts and crafts fair, which is traditionally held on the first weekend in June. In the forty-eight years of its existence, the fair has become an event of national significance – now it has become the symbol of crafts-work of Riga and Latvia and a festival for its participants and visitors.

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16 Jun

Outdoor events

Baltic Day at International Folklore Festival Baltica 2018

16 Jun
Fields, crops, potatoes, as well as peas and beans are in full bloom - the Līgo! celebration has arrived - the time when everything is in bloom. This year, the Baltica festival calls on people to think about Līgo! traditions - pinning flower and oak crowns, singing traditional songs, eating caraway seed cheese, drinking beer etc., in every region, county, village, farmstead or home, as well as internationally. Persons are also invited to remember about flower growing and giving traditions, as well as other summertime songs and rituals.

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02 Sep

Outdoor events

The Crafts Day. Day of Games and Playing

02 Sep
Every year in September this event gathers craftsmen from all parts of Latvia – blacksmiths, potters, carpenters, wicker-work craftsmen and weavers. Both masters and apprentices arrive at the museum to demonstrate their masterpieces, inviting both big and small ones to participate and also try out the ancient tools.

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16 Sep

Outdoor events

Day of European Cultural Heritage

16 Sep
On this day visitors will be encouraged to find out about the Agrarian Reform in 1920, the origins of Latvia and everyday life back then, as well as to get an idea of the everyday life in Jaunsaimnieki – a type of household, that arose due to the Agrarian Reform. Also, don’t miss a chance to visit the workshops of craftsmen, find out how people used to wash laundry and managed other daily chores and celebrate life at the Great Hostess’s party.

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02 May - 28 Oct

Exhibitions

Exhibition - Latvia Evolving. A retrospection of Latvian applied art of the past 100 years.

02 May - 28 Oct
Ceramics, amber processing, weaving and knitting, the wide use of wood, works by blacksmiths, diverse wicker works and other less common activities - covering almost all the possible manifestations, applied arts became one of the main expressions of Latvian national identity during the previous century.

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