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Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum
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Ranked #16 of 278 things to do in Riga
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018

The museum is located on the outskirts of Riga. Arrive by taking bus No 1 from center, which stops right by the museum entrance (we took the tram No 1 by mistake, which only stops 3 km from the museum, so we walked there on foot by the lake, which is also very nice). You can buy bus tickets from the driver.

The museum itself is amazing! It is quite large, and features an old forest village which gives true feel for how life used to be in that area of the world.

During easter the paths were muddy, and not all exhibitions were open, but still we were there for a few hours and felt it was completely worth the effort to get there.

Date of experience: April 2018
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"nice walk"
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"for sale"
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

It was not a good weather on Easter time and we decided to go there to have a walk among the trees and ancient villages. Today was entertaining with hand made market where you can buy either food and non-food goods. Children's can go for a horse ride or just have fun with soap bubbles and others things.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

Travelling out to this museum in mid March one thing is guaranteed you are going to have the place pretty much to yourself!!! Getting the bus (number1) out the city is easy and it drops you at the top of the road to the museum. Entry is 2e and although large parts of this open museum were closed it was a lovely to walk around and experience the different ways people lived in the country centuries ago. I would imagine in the height of the Summer with the actors being part of the museum it brings its to life. Well worth a visit especially if you are travelling with kids.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Located about 1/2 hour outside Riga. Started in 1924 and covers 213 acres of forest land. Over 100 buildings from Latvia's different regions were transported here to preserve examples of rural life.

Our group had lunch here served in an old inn. The food was good, but took a long time which cut into how much of the complex we could visit in our allotted time.

Saw about 10% of the buildings -- rural Lutheran church, windmill, inn, and farmsteads of rich and poor farmers. Was interesting but I wasn't overly impressed. It's very possible that we missed the most spectacular parts of the park.

Based on the small part of the park we visited, I'd rather stay in town and see more of Riga. If you do want to come here, skip the meal so you have more time to explore the park.

Date of experience: May 2017
5  Thank Wesley C
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

Well, because my husband and I are mad(!), we went to the museum in February, during -8 weather, snow and ice! :) We were the only ones there! Main pathways were still well gritted and plowed.

The snow gave the museum buildings a Christmasy feel - a lot of the buildings were closed because of the off-peak season, but the ones that were open were fascinating. It made us think about how we'd cope in current weather conditions whilst living in one of these houses!

It was lovely walking among the trees, looking at all the beautiful buildings and looking out on to the completely frozen lake - we could see people walking across it in the distance!

It was very cheap to get in - 2 Euros each - and we got a cup of tea later in the cafe/exhibition room to warm are freezing hands.

We would definitely go back in the summer to experience it again, as I imagine it would have a completely different feel in the warm and green summer time.

Date of experience: February 2018
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