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.
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