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 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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30 Sep

Outdoor events

Autumn Harvest Festival

30 Sep
Autumn Solstice, or the day of Miķelis, is associated with the completion of field works, and this harvest festival is certainly a rich feast and loud rejoicing. This is also the most popular time to celebrate marriage. The festival at the museum will be enriched with a fair offering of autumn harvest bounties and products made by craftsmen, delicious pumpkin soup and the V International Katlakalns Folklore Festival in cooperation with the Katlakalns House of Culture.

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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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