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“Worth an Entire Day in Riga”

Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum
Ranked #8 of 223 things to do in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Jersey City, New Jersey
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430 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“Worth an Entire Day in Riga”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Easy to reach by car, this outdoor museum is, like its (twice as large) Lithuanian counterpart in Rumsiskes, a collection of mostly 19th century merchant and peasant homes, as well as windmills, bath houses and threshing barns brought from all parts of the country. You can see, and look inside, many homes with period furnishings. The site is hilly, and quite a few structures are either a hike up a hill, or require steps, so good walking shoes are a must. The small kiosk restaurant, unmentioned on the map or website, with outside picnic tables, hot and cold food -- and beer, was a welcome respite. The most memorable stops were at a 1697 commercial warehouse, and a recreated fishing village, where two young Germans (speaking German and English, only), brought over to learn traditional wood-carving skills employed in creating appropriate repairs to antique buildings, enjoyed showing us how they worked. Signage in English was sparse, but adequate, and, at the end of the day, you really had a feel for what life was like 100 - 150 years ago in Latvia.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Andrew K
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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
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2 reviews
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“One unusual pace”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Museum has a lot of farmsteads of Latvian farmers, craftsmen, and fishermen. They have a lot of household and working tools, interior furnishings from the time period.

Visited November 2012
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Pinckney, Michigan
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013

I came to Latvia for a conference. I was not too impressed with Riga, but this place was great. I didn't make it until two hours before they closed, but they let you walk around the grounds until dusk. It was a little hard to find because of construction by the bus stop but this place was baeutiful and just relaxing to walk around in. A lot of artisans sell things here handmade for much cheaper than what you'd get in Riga.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank MandeeMarie3
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Riga, Latvia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great for family!!!!”
Reviewed 28 August 2013

This is a definite...lots to learn about Latvian history in beautiful surroundings. It would help to have someone to translate for you. Plan on spending several hours here.

Visited May 2013
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Riga, Latvia
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89 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Place”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

The museum is situated on the suburb of Riga and the place is breath-taking: pine forest on the bank of a big picturesque lake. The weather on the day of our visit was marvelous, so we had great time just wandering around the huge territory, walking in old farm houses, barns and mills. Some historical buildings have special keepers who are supposed to answer questions and give information about the place they are in charge. Some of them are really nice and eager to talk, but one lady totally discouraged us to enter or ask questions and rudely told not to touch anything, though we did not mean to. Also, there is just one small cafe in the center of the premises, so it is really a problem to buy a bottle of water or an ice-cream while you are taking quite a long walk.

Visited August 2013
Thank Anastasia A
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