Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum


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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


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  • 4.5Atmosphere

It's hard to place the era that the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum covers. Glancing around, you'll spot homes, churches, windmills and craft workshops that you can barely identify as anything but "old." Continue to walk around, and you'll find a blacksmith, a spoon-carver, and a bee-keeper laboring the day away. The outdoors museum intends to portray the lifestyle of different people groups throughout history, and despite the odd conglomeration of the buildings, visitors love it. One TripAdvisor user professes: "This is a great place to spend half a day. There is plenty to see and the surroundings are nice. Everything was well-maintained, even the toilets were surprisingly clean. You can buy a map at the gate, it makes sure that you see everything and is only a few cents." The site is along a lake, so be sure to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty.

Located north of downtown Riga, the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It's easily reached by public buses 1, 19, 28, or 821 through 826; just hop off at "brivdabas muzejs" or "open-air museum." For more information, check out the museum's website.

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