In a pipe forest, by the lake Jugla, there is the oldest in Europe Open Air Museum. Latvian Ethnographic Museum was built in 1924 and now it is the biggest museum in the country - the territory of the unique museum is more than 100 hectares.
The museum is an island of Latvian folk art, where the ancient way of life is carefully recreated and preserved for posterities. More than ninety authentic houses, farmsteads, windmills, wooden churches, fishermen's villages and other historic structures have been brought here from different regions of Latvia and represent the life of craftspeople, peasants and fishermen in the 16-20 centuries. The works of applied art and different instruments are exhibited in the show room. In the church Usma traditional religous services are held on Sunday. Summer concerts of folklore ensembles and musicians have already become annual.
Nowadays eighteen craftsmen work in the museum - weavers, blacksmiths, potters and others. At the annual fair of folk art one can buy their work, including souvenirs made of wood, leather, clay, straw and amber, and try themselves in any of the ancient crafts. Unforgettable bright public celebrations recreate the ancient traditions of calendar festivities.
Address: Brivibas gatve 440, Riga LV-1056
Telephone: +371 7994510 or +371 7994106
Opening Times: Mon-Sun,10:00-17:00