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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.