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Dairy Manor Museum - Berghof
The dairy museum is for grownups and little ones! The only Dairy Museum of Latvia opened in the Dairy Manor Museum complex in 2007. Actual museum about genuine milk. There you will remember, understand, feel and enjoy what is milk, where it comes from and what happens to it before milk is put on the table. Everything about milk from cow's teat to glass bottle or carton!
The history of Berghof Manor dates back to 1539, but in the middle of the 19th century it is associated with Baron von Medem who established his summer and hunting residence in the manor. In 1920’s the agrarian reform of Latvia took away the manor from the passionate hunter, the descendant of Medem family, and Berghof Manor became Kalnumuiža (Hill Manor). It served as home for a primary school and recreation centre for Liepāja Dairy Complex, and, for a period of time, it was a stay for homeless.
The manor has experienced fires and serious vandalism acts; however, in the beginning of the new millennium it is welcoming guests again and now it is called Dairy Manor.
The newly-established guest house offers hotel services, saunas, SPA, and camping, and there is also a lovely restaurant and the Dairy Museum open all year round!
The Dairy Museum welcomes families with children, groups of tourists and individual guests.
The excursion Milk Story will acquaint you with the history of milk industry in Latvia. The museum offers seeing the equipment used in dairying and explains the processes of making cream and butter. The award for the best export butter presented to Latvian dairy farmers by the Queen of England in 1930’s and a package for butter from those days are in amongst the most valuable exhibits of the museum.
Milky Way is an interactive excursion. At the beginning of the tour you will see the extensive exhibition and the 25 minutes long movie about the dairy industry, and then you will turn up your sleeves and go milk a cow. And there is more - you will have to separate cream from the collected milk and make butter yourself. There will not be any indifferent participants in this activity!