Why visit the Ethnographic Museum of Latvia?

Why visit the Ethnographic Museum of Latvia?
25 June 2024

The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia is an exceptional tourist attraction for those interested in Latvia’s rural landscape. Just a half hour drive away from the city center, the museum is breathtaking! It is ideal for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike. So, if you are looking for a weekend escapade, keep reading about the Ethnographic Museum below!

The best way to understand Latvian history

Established in 1924, the Ethnographic Museum of Latvia is far from remarkable. One of Riga’s popular highlights, the museum is one of Europe’s largest open museums. Situated in the middle of a pine forest, it is also its proximity to Lake Jugla that attracts many tourists. Although its great location appeals to anyone, the museum also takes great pride in its collections. Once you pass through its main gate, its 118 buildings will become noticeable. The houses are representative of various regions around Latvia, namely Kurzeme, Zemglae and Latgale. This was set up to preserve national heritage traditions. So, when in need of a quick trip to the past, this museum is for you!

You learn more about Latvian lifestyle 

Whether it’s observing the house architecture or the working tools, you will be amazed by the museum’s vast exhibition. It is also as if you are witnessing Latvian national costumes first hand! Having the largest collection on Latvian ethnography, it depicts rural life in detail. Of great importance are ceramics as well as fabrics dating from the 18th-20th centuries. The items exhibited used to be part of the daily work equipment of local communities. From farmers to craftsmen, the museum accounts for several Latvian generations. By simply admiring the rural lifestyle in Latvia, you will be able to appreciate the local culture. 

It fits all budgets

A great opportunity for students, the Ethnographic Museum of Latvia is easily affordable. In order to visit the museum,  you might have to use public transport or take a Bolt. But nevertheless, the tickets themselves are only 4$. Once you get there, you might consider exploring the surroundings with a guided tour. Just keep in mind to book in advance!

Throughout the Ethnographic Museum, various informative signs complement the experience. You will be able to learn more about one of the first communities in the 19th century being able to read and write. So, if you are now convinced, don’t wait any longer to pay your visit! The Ethnographic Museum of Latvia is certainly one of the seven wonders on earth!

Elena is currently a student at Liden & Denz, Riga

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