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Address: Brivibas gatve 440, Riga 1024, Latvia
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Latvian open air ethnological museum

Very interesting visit. It was very cold with frozen snow on ground and Lake Jugla frozen.Centuries old wooden houses with original working implements showing amazing innovation... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting visit. It was very cold with frozen snow on ground and Lake Jugla frozen.Centuries old wooden houses with original working implements showing amazing innovation of how they lived and worked. Absolutely loved it. Wonderful walk through pine forest away from Riga.

Thank hills579
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An open air museum, that will take you about one day to walk around and enjoy the scenery/buildings and atmosphere of a historical/traditional Latvian country life. I suggest you go there in the first part of the day, about 10 a.m. Some houses are closed up, and some houses are open and are decorated with historically accurate stuff. Some houses... More 

Thank Rihards K
Saulkrasti, Latvia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited annual traditional fair and had a chance to explore museum's territory. Be prepared for long walk and unpredictable discovers! Juglas lake gives romantic atmosphere and feeling of never-ending story about traditional Latvian life. Museum just melt into water of lake. Fair was huge - full of different tastes, music and crafts. If decide to go, choose first weekend of... More 

Thank Gitams
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easiest way is to catch a bus which passes fairly close to the museum entrance .. 300-400 meters. The bus at this time of the year was only 1 per hour so the visit must be timed. We found it interesting even though light snow was falling. Some buildings were closed .. again the time of the year I expect.

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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An amazing visit here! A great open air museum with typical Latvian buildings with a few people in traditional clothes selling some stuff or doing some animation. All reachable by just walking in the woods from building to building in a route you like. The museum is somewhat out of the City center, we went there by taxi but I... More 

Thank Laurens B
Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Museum established at 1924th and reflect traditions of European open air museums. The museum is located on opposite Riga the shore of the lake on 85 hectares of the sparse and sunny forest. Museum in more 100 buildings reveals the cultural heritage, the work and the aesthetic world of peoples who historically lived in Latvia from 17th century till Second... More 

Thank Fricis A
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

We easily caught the no 1 bus there and back from Riga. This was a fascinating visit. Comparible only to Beamish in the U.K. Buildings kept for historical reasons. Very beautiful setting. Lovely to get some fresh air and see how Latvia was. Loved the sleighs in the sheds. Fisherman's huts and village. We stayed till dusk and it did... More 

Thank SandieG19
Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

A short trip from old town Riga. A beautiful gem. Walk through authentic buildings, churches and houses. See the hand made fences and tools. A really fun time.

Thank chase b
Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

Great place for introducing kids with earlier Latvian lifestyle, especially celebrations, best solstice. Also annual fair is a great!

Thank Ilze_Paul
Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

Stopped off on the way back from our olympic bobsleigh ride. Mid winter, snow very well laid out on the edge of the lake. Great use of the countures of the land and very interesting selection of wooden buildings. A must see to get an idea of the culture.

Thank lim0hireuk

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