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Open-air museums

The basis of open-air museums is formed by wooden buildings constructed on the territory of the historic regions of Latvia, remains of wooden building complexes discovered during archaeological digs and an interaction of art history and Latvian nature (Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum in Riga, the Pedvāle Open-Air Art Museum).

At the Āraiši Archaeological Museum Park, visitors can get to know the lifestyle of the ancient dwellers of Latvia and building traditions in the age of the Vikings. The vast grounds of the Turaida Museum Reserve are rich in archaeological, architectural, historical and artistic monuments that tell the story of events spanning a thousand years, from the eleventh century onwards.

At the Ventspils Seaside Open-Air Museum, visitors can board the miniature train following a narrow-gauge track just like a century ago, view giant anchors and climb up an old windmill.

Craftswoman sewing Latvian ornaments.
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Latvian Open-Air Ethnographic Museum in Riga

Leisurely walks, skiing in winter, putting yourself in the lives of ancient Latvian farmers and fishermen, discovering the bathhouses used...
Piejūras brīvdabas muzejs Ventspilī
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The Maritime Open-Air Museum in Ventspils

The Maritime Open-Air Museum gives an insight into the daily life of the inhabitants of Kurzeme seashore. Visitors can familiarise...
Andrupenes lauku sēta
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Andrupene Farmstead

The museum is a complex of buildings constructed at the beginning of the 20th century, consisting of six buildings – the dwelling house,...
Dzirnavas Vēveros
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Vēveri Branch of the Latvian Open-Air Ethnographic Museum

Muzejā apskatāma senlatviešu lauku sēta un nesen atjaunotās Vēveru dzirnavas. Te ir tautas celtniecības paraugs raksturīgajā ainavā....


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