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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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03 Sep

Outdoor events

The Crafts Day. Day of Games and Playing

03 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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24 Sep

Outdoor events

Autumnal Equinox at Ethnographic Open Air Museum

24 Sep
Autumn Solstice, or the day of Miķelis, is associated with completion of the field works, harvest festival, rich feast and loud rejoicing. This is the most popular time to celebrate marriage. The festival will be enriched with the varied fair offering autumn harvest bounties and products made by craftsmen. Traditional pub and market music makers. Do not miss the chance to enjoy the delicious pumpkin soup!

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22 Oct

Outdoor events

Eve of the Dead

22 Oct
This is the time when nature is almost ready for the long winter slumber, and daylight shortens considerably. As the colorful fall comes to an end, everything crawls deep into hibernation. But along with the mists, the gate opens to the otherworld, and it is time to expect our ancestral spirits. Hosting the feast for the dead is a tradition on this Eve. At twilight, at Hernhuter’s House, we will sing and dance in veneration of those who came and went before us.

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12 Nov

Outdoor events

Celebration of the Day of Martini at the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum

12 Nov
Each year, celebrating Mārtiņi (Day of Martini) many people come together in the museum dressed up and wearing masks, singing and dancing in order to bring luck, prosperity and harmony to every farmstead. It is cold outside, but Mārtiņbērni are playful and active to scare away ghosts and other evil creatures.

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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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