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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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17 Dec

Outdoor events

Winter Solstice. Yule Log Eve

17 Dec
The winter solstice arrives at the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum with songs, games, rituals, fortune-telling and well-wishes.

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25 Dec - 14 Jan

Outdoor events

Light reflections in the winter twilight

25 Dec - 14 Jan
In the middle of winter, the Open-Air Museum turns into a fairy tale land with illuminated buildings and rooms. As you look inside the window, you can see how Latvians used to live and celebrate festivities in winter. Moreover, this is a wonderful opportunity to be photographed in the sledge and dress up for the Latvian winter solstice, Ķekatas.

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11 Feb

Outdoor events

Metenis

11 Feb
Meteņi is a festival where the ancient Latvians celebrated the passing of winter and started preparing for the coming of spring. Meteņi saw the winter's last mask processions, when people sang, danced, wished well, visited each other far away, rode sleighs down a mountain and boasted to ensure a good harvest.

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18 Mar

Outdoor events

Spring Equinox

18 Mar
As the spring equinox approaches, and the day finally becomes longer than the night, according to Latvian traditions, we will hang and decorate the traditional swings, sway, sing, dye eggs with onion skins, conjure, swat each other with willow catkins, play games, dance, glorify the Sun, and promote liveliness, health and beauty all around us.

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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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