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Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum

Brivibas 440, Riga 1024, Latvia
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Ranked #14 of 92 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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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
55 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

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
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
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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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20 reviews 20 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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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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59 reviews 59 reviews
27 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Situated on the very edge of Riga, the ethnographic museum is a must-see! In my humble belief it is a place at its best in the snow as one can really appreciate how wonderfully made the log cabins were and how warm they are inside. True, the stoves are not on (to prevent accidents) but one can really appreciate the... More

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Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Well on a sunny day it is a place, to go for a fresh air, culture, history, walk and a possibility to make a picnic. Occasionally some nice festivities are held with an excellent food and possibility to buy local crafts, food and agricultural delights

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Rochester, New York
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28 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is a wonderful outdoors museum for those who want to see how people lived 100 to 300 years ago. If your ancestors came from northern Europe in this time frame and they were farmers, this is the way to see hoe they lived. We could only spend two hours here, but could have spent two days or more. One... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I went to the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum As part of a group tour. Being a certified history nut, I found it fascinating. I really enjoyed the reenactment of the craftspeople. I thoroughly recommend it but some people in the group found it a bit too much effort to walk the distances. If you are keen on the outdoors... More

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Ravenna, Ohio
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My family really enjoyed this visit. Seeing all the old homes and shops was interesting. Watching the crafters definitely added to the experience. The prices were reasonable as well. There is quite a bit of walking without walkways. The homes have very low ceilings and are not always easy to move through. If you arrive at the sign that says... More

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