ETHNOGRAPHIC OPEN AIR MUSEUM. When entering the tiny Latvia of the former times that hides unobtrusively behind the pine forest at Lake Jugla, don’t strive to percieve it as a reality for it was a reality only to those who have gone long long ago. But the objects, structures and households still continue to exist. You, a visitor and a stranger will be rewarded with the intimacy of these treasures of our predecessors for a while. This feeling, like any reminiscence of contemporary man, may be vague, imperfect or too subjective though nursed by many and winnowed by the time. And yet, when walking into the dim rooms of our forefathers and bending your head to the low lintel, do remember the symbolic meaning of the movement and pay homage to the history of Latvian people. Ethnographic Open-Air Museum was founded in 1924. The project envisaged to transport homesteads and social buildings characteristic of Kurzeme, Zemgale, Vidzeme and Latgale to the museum and re-erect them there. In 1928 the first building - a threshing-barn of the 18th century - was set up on old sandhills covered by a pine forest at Lake Jugla. In 1932 the museum was opened to the public and 5 houses from Vidzeme and 1 house from Latgale served as the first exhibits. Already in 1939 all the regions were represented by 40 objects. The collection of Latvian Ethnographic Open -Air Museum is made up of 140 000 items. At present 121 ancient buildings with more than 3000 household objects are on display in the area of 87 hectars. Almost all the sections of the population and ethnic groups as well as their social and material culture are represented there. Like households of Livi fishermen and Russian old-orthodox, craftsmen workshops of woodworkers and smithies, Latgale potters, Vidzeme weawers and potters. 100 000 people visit the museum each year and we hope thet you as one of them will enjoy the time spent here.
ETHNOGRAPHIC OPEN- AIR MUSEUM IS OPENED FROM 10a.m. to 5 p.m. DAILY (all year)
Adress: 440 Brivibas gatve, LV - 1024, Riga, Latvija www.muzeji.lv; wwwltg.lv/english/brivdabas.muzejs; www.muzejs.lv
Parking coordinates are: 56.59.690N 24.16.163E
Cache is plastic jar into plastic bag, contains logbook, pen, pencil.