Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum

Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum

Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • julie88888888
    Yarm, United Kingdom69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommended
    Got no 31 bus from Riga, get ticket from shops beforehand and scan on bus. Only 4 euros for Adults. Plenty of houses to look in and ladies in costume greet you as you walk in. Lovely forest setting. Ate lunch from cafe. Reasonably priced.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Tulki Jenkins
    Gloucester, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very peaceful
    We went on a slightly rainy day and it was very quiet. Easy to get to on the bus from the centre of town. Most of the buildings had a short blurb in English outside, a few had some more writing inside in a book. We found very few of the dressed up actors spoke English so we did feel we missed out on some of the experience. The collection and area is frankly amazing, it’s a lovely place to be especially when you get further up the estate and start seeing the different cultures from the different areas. As each small village is from a different part of Latvia, it’s noticeable the Russian, Swedish or German influence depending where it’s come from. Fascinating!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 23, 2023
  • dbinhou7511
    Houston, Texas1,615 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Preserving history
    Latvians chose an excellent way to preserve their culture with the farm houses, etc. from different parts of the country brought here for preservation. People are also here preserving the original ways of farming and doing things (e.g., leatherwork). Lots of examples of preserving history. Also a great picnic spot.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Machan
    Stockholm, Sweden11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    The place was conveniently reached by bus. The admission is fairly priced. The place has a really special atmosphere, really appreciated the seeing the houses, going inside some of them and seeing the interior and overall just walking through the open air museum. There are toilets and a cafe and a souvenir shop.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 12, 2023
  • haka
    Detroit, Michigan287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Winter visit - snow and half closed museum
    We visited this open air museum recently. It was easy to access it, Tram 1 from town, short walk from last stop. The museum was half closed - only 4 and half houses were open for visitors. We walked around in the snow and still enjoyed what was available, it was very atmospheric and still many interesting wooden buildings, churches, windmills, all including some English description. We were a little unhappy to find out that no cafes were open - sitting in a warm cafe after the long walk in the snow would've been important for our experience. But we didn't have to worry for too long, the last open house we visited was the fishermen's village, manned by Mr Georg who invited us to sit down to the table in the warm, he offered some history and interesting facts regarding the museum and life in Latvia and he also invited us to a cup of coffee. Never before a black instant coffee tasted so good !!!! Mr Georg managed to pull the whole visit together for us and we left with such a happy and warm feeling. Great visit, great experience.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 31, 2023
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LK490
London, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Spent most of a lovely day at this museum in the forest stepping back in time in Latvia. One the edge of an inlet and set in rolling forest this very special museum was one of our highlights. Rural buildings from the last 350 years have been loving relocated and reconstructed in this tranquil setting. Easily accessible - get a return bus ticket from the Narvossen (?) Kiosk and take the number 1 bus from the Tarbatas stop on Brivibas Street (the Lonely Planet gives info but lovely locals are also helpful) and the bus will have a display showing the stops.
Written February 15, 2020
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vg-t-2012
Toronto, Canada15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Come in early June and experience the annual craft fair - over 100 vendors from all over Latvia with booths, displays all along the paths, sheltered by tall pines. I think this is a must for any visitor to Riga. Strolling down the paths of this open air museum and stepping into the preserved structures makes the past come alive. Torontonians - think of Pioneer Village...but on a much bigger scale.
Written January 11, 2020
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haka
Detroit, MI287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We visited this open air museum recently. It was easy to access it, Tram 1 from town, short walk from last stop.

The museum was half closed - only 4 and half houses were open for visitors. We walked around in the snow and still enjoyed what was available, it was very atmospheric and still many interesting wooden buildings, churches, windmills, all including some English description.

We were a little unhappy to find out that no cafes were open - sitting in a warm cafe after the long walk in the snow would've been important for our experience. But we didn't have to worry for too long, the last open house we visited was the fishermen's village, manned by Mr Georg who invited us to sit down to the table in the warm, he offered some history and interesting facts regarding the museum and life in Latvia and he also invited us to a cup of coffee. Never before a black instant coffee tasted so good !!!! Mr Georg managed to pull the whole visit together for us and we left with such a happy and warm feeling.

Great visit, great experience.
Written December 31, 2023
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Tulki Jenkins
Gloucester, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
We went on a slightly rainy day and it was very quiet. Easy to get to on the bus from the centre of town.

Most of the buildings had a short blurb in English outside, a few had some more writing inside in a book. We found very few of the dressed up actors spoke English so we did feel we missed out on some of the experience.

The collection and area is frankly amazing, it’s a lovely place to be especially when you get further up the estate and start seeing the different cultures from the different areas. As each small village is from a different part of Latvia, it’s noticeable the Russian, Swedish or German influence depending where it’s come from.

Fascinating!
Written July 23, 2023
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MrMount
Songkhla, Thailand20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Do not go in Winter. Although the entry fee is reduced to 2EUR, it's somehow still not worth it.
Only 2 buildings were open, and in the second one, we were made to feel unwelcome.
Other than that, it's basically paying to walk through the woods. It might be worth it if you've never seen European wooden historic buildings before, but if you've seen even one of these before, then give this a skip until Summer.
Written March 1, 2022
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Alexandra G
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
A beautiful open air museum in a beautiful setting just a short walk from the centre of Riga (30 minutes). IS one of The older open air museum in Europe. It was founded in 1924. Definitely worth a visit. The open air museum is really very beautiful
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Written August 29, 2022
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Machan
Stockholm, Sweden11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The place was conveniently reached by bus. The admission is fairly priced. The place has a really special atmosphere, really appreciated the seeing the houses, going inside some of them and seeing the interior and overall just walking through the open air museum. There are toilets and a cafe and a souvenir shop.
Written August 12, 2023
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2412rachaelr
Plymouth, UK21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Me and my mum took a Bolt out to see this museum. It was vast and very beautiful, but unfortunately it felt like it was a bit too spread out in comparison to other open air museums we've been to, and there was a lack of signage in English to we got ourselves a bit lost and didn't get as much information as we wished. Over all it was a pleasant visit, and we were thrilled to get up close with several woodpeckers!
Written June 3, 2024
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julie88888888
Yarm, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Got no 31 bus from Riga, get ticket from shops beforehand and scan on bus. Only 4 euros for Adults. Plenty of houses to look in and ladies in costume greet you as you walk in. Lovely forest setting. Ate lunch from cafe. Reasonably priced.
Written July 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

dbinhou7511
Houston, TX1,615 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Latvians chose an excellent way to preserve their culture with the farm houses, etc. from different parts of the country brought here for preservation. People are also here preserving the original ways of farming and doing things (e.g., leatherwork). Lots of examples of preserving history. Also a great picnic spot.
Written August 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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