Ventspils House of Crafts

The North Kurzeme Craft Consultation Centre – Amatu māja (The House of Crafts) – was opened in Ventspils in August 2007. This recent tourism object in Ventspils is located in the oldest school building of the Kurzeme Duchy.

  • Ventspils Amatu māja
  • Photo: Kuldīgas TIC
  • Aušanas darbnīca
  • Photo: Kuldīgas TIC
Ventspils Amatu māja
  • Ventspils Amatu māja
Ventspils Amatu māja
  • Ventspils Amatu māja

During the period of 1849 to 1851, one of the most famous Neo-Latvians and outstanding specialists in folklore, Krišjānis Barons (1835-1923), studied in this building, where a district school was located in those days. There is a special memorial plaque commemorating Barons made by sculptor Gļebs Panteļejevs and unveiled at the House of Crafts.

The House of Crafts is a place where weavers and potters work and show their skills to those who are interested in learning. There is also an exhibition hall in the House of Crafts where one can see exhibitions of craftsmen and where seminars and other events are organised. Works of craftsmen and souvenirs can be bought at the souvenir shop.

As a district school was once located in the building of the House of Crafts, visitors are offered the opportunity to see a study class arranged in the 19th century style. By registering in advance, you can also participate in a class conducted in the traditions of that time.

57.397549, 21.566988
  • Languages spoken: 
    • English
    • Latvian
    • Russian
  • Admission fee: 
  • Payment methods: 
    • Bank transfer
    • Cash
  • Creative workshops
  • Exhibitions
  • Guide service available
  • Seminars and conferences
  • Souvenirs
  • Themed events
Amenities and Features: 
  • Access for disabled people
  • WC
  • WiFi Internet
Working Hours: 

Tuesday –Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

Last updated: 03.09.2014