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Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum

Brivibas 440, Riga 1024, Latvia
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Ranked #12 of 76 Attractions in Riga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We went on a cold and dark November afternoon. No other visitors were in the park. It was so eerily quiet as even the birds in the trees made no sounds. Everything in the park seemed like it was from some horror movie. Creepy cabins with creaky gates, old abandoned churches, spooky windmills. It was a pretty unique experience! Do... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This Open Air Museum was such a treat to visit. The more you walk around, the more you discover. So many beautiful structures and interesting people. You really feel like you've stepped back in time. Make sure you get a map so you know where to find each different settlement, and make sure you have good walking shoes and water.... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This museum is quite a way out of the city but is on a bus route. You need to be fit in order to see all the exhibits as there is quite a lot of walking to do. The weather needs to be fine and eating al fresco at the little cafeteria near the lake was great value for money... More

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Pelhrimov, Czech Republic
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Loads of old wooden houses from all regions of Latvia in one place. Admission fee really low (4 EUR/adult) if you realise what you get for it. Easily accesible by public transport (Bus No. 1 from Abrenes iela near the railway station). Toilets near the entrance perfect, toilets in the cetral part terrible. No buffet or fast food, only one... More

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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185 reviews 185 reviews
79 attraction reviews
1,279 helpful votes 1,279 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

On shores of Lake Jugla, a short drive to the northeast of Riga, you find this vast site of over 100 wooden houses, from four regions of Latvia. At many of the houses there are Latvians dressed in traditional costumes. At many you can see workshops with unique wooden gifts to buy, and also traditional garments and crafts. Access is... More

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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104 reviews 104 reviews
56 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

How lovely to wander through the woods amongst a variety of period style wooden houses, churches, windmills and an insight into how people lived. All the houses are furnished in yester years and the gardens are beautifully maintained. Easy access to the site from Riga. A visit is a must away from the delightful city of Riga. Go you will... More

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Riga, Latvia
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I'm sure I'm repeating what others have already written, but this museum consists of a number of countryside buildings of various types that have been dismantled, transported to the museum and set back up again to give modern-day people a look at how people lived back in the day. The museum is in a large park, which is perfect for... More

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Wonderful sylvan setting for a huge range of historic Latvian wooden buildings - churches, farm buildings, windmills and much more. Makes a really enjoyable break from the city. Easy access by bus from the centre of Riga.

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Acres and acres of wooded land dotted with different period furnished housing. Beautiful blooming native foliage and vegetable gardens or fishermen's gear....unobtrusive ( often non-English speaking) staff in period dress accompany the buildings adding extra effect. Windmills, wild flowers and all sorts of wild mushrooms abound. One central foodstop offering beer, Latvian soups, sausages and desserts. We are all in... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We liked the area and the walk in the fresh air. However, it is very difficult to make sense of the descriptions and not enough information is supplied in English about history and relevance. Difficult to follow where you are on the map as only descriptions are given and no numerical search available if you get lost. Nice couple of... More

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