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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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01 May

Outdoor events

Opening of new summer season and 80th anniversary of Zemgale farmstead at Ethnographic Open-Air Museum

01 May
When the trees are all green and flowers are in full bloom in the fields, it is time for the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum to open the new summer season. The sounds of chirping birds and singing voices can be heard throughout the park. The museum's historical buildings and farmsteads open their doors once again after the long winter season, and guests are greeted by local craftsmen, who demonstrate their skills to visitors. The museum's Zemgale farmstead was originally erected in 1937. The museum's theme this year will be associated with this building, including tales about the history and people of Zemgale. Traditional songs of Zemgale will be sung, and visitors will be able to enjoy traditional treats at the museum's ''bread barn''.

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14 May

Outdoor events

May's open-air religious ritual

14 May
In the month of May, the ritual of singing at the cross is a new tradition at the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum but an age-old tradition in Latgale and Augšzeme. According to Catholic traditions of Latgale, a cross is the place of reflection where one looks up, removing any hat in reverence to God. People called divine service in May as "dzīduošana pi krusta" (singing at the cross) and held it at their own initiative. The Holy Mass will be held in the chapel of Eleonorvilla Manor, and Virgin Mary’s songs will be sung at the crucifix of Guti village.

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20 May

Outdoor events

Night of the Museums at the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum

20 May
A special atmosphere is always present during the Night of the Museums in May, when a spring-time joy is in the air and both young and old can enjoy various fun games at the museum's Kurzeme coastal village section - fun for the whole family!

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16 Apr - 17 Apr

Outdoor events

Easter at the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum

16 Apr - 17 Apr
It is important to wake up early to join the fun at the annual Easter event at the museum, which will be celebrated in folklore, Christian and modern-day traditions. The church services at the Usma Church will begin at 10:00 a.m. Various fun activities will also take place, including egg painting and swinging, song and dance, as well as other merry Latvian Easter customs, including the ''bird chasing rite''. The Priede Tavern will also serve traditional Easter dishes to hungry visitors. An arts and crafts market will also be held.

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03 Jun - 04 Jun

Outdoor events

47th annual Latvian Arts and Crafts Fair

03 Jun - 04 Jun
Since 1972, the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum has been organizing its annual Latvian Arts and Crafts Fairs, which traditionally is held during the first weekend of June. Over the past 46 years, the Fair has become an event of national importance - it is not only a fair, but a national exhibition and one of the largest annual gatherings of residents and guests. Along with the arts and craftsmen participating in the Fair, various traditional folklore and dance groups, as well as musical ensembles and others perform at the Fair. National cuisine is also available to hungry visitors. These are the people who cultivate the Fair each year, and acquaint modern-day society with the traditional culture of the Latvian people.

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