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Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum

Brivibas 440, Riga 1024, Latvia
7994106
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Ranked #12 of 84 attractions in Riga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums
Traveler Description: In a forest just to east of the city limits of Riga, exists the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum.  Take the A2 (E77) road ot of town and if you... more »
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New Zealand
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89 reviews 89 reviews
48 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

They uplifted old buildings from all around Latvia and put them together in a large village so you can see how people lived a couple of hundred years ago. Well worth a visit as it was very well done.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

The Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum is much like other outdoor museums, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth the visit. Situated on a lake it allows for a wonderful walk on beautiful days.

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NW Mountains, NC
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79 reviews 79 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Interesting way to spend a nice day outside enjoying the buildings and learning how things were back then.

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Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The size of this museum made it different, set in a huge forest made it interesting finding all the old buildings. Fascinating to see how the people lived

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Enschede, The Netherlands
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I liked this museum a lot. Although after a while the buildings seem to be a little bit the same, it's still a very nice and beautiful place. You can spend a lot of time there walking around. Also, there is a good 'old style' place where you can get nice food for low prices. Also, keep in mind that... More

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We took bus 1 to this musuem, took about 30-40mins and a short walk from bus stop to musuem. very reasonable entrance fee, and useful map though we found it less clear at the start. We asked for cafe and were pointed in a direction and set off into pine forest but quickly felt we were going way off target,... More

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Toronto, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

A wonderful way to absorb a countries history is the chance to walk through it's old rural villages. Most countries were rural rather than urban but often it is only the historical cities we get a chance to see. This is easy to get to by city bus, 25 minutes from downtown. A couple of spots sell passable traditional lunch... More

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Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Latvian handicraft market is held every early June here. There are many Latvian artisans selling their hand-made products such as wooden utensils, knitted gloves, baskets, linens, honey, etc. It is beautiful to see lovely handicrafts sold in the woods.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

It took me about 3 hours to walk around in the end. I found the old windmills, the churches and a few of the other buildings interesting. To be honest once you've seen your twentieth 'dwelling house' they all look very similar - there are just less than 120 exhibits in all. But there is just enough to keep you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

My boyfriend and I visited this open air museum this week. We had done the 10km race at Riga Marathon the day before, so we wanted something relaxing to do on our last day in Riga. The reception staff at our apartment advised us to take the no.1 bus to Brivdabas muzejs which was very straightforward. I was worried we... More

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