Open Air Museum

Playriga.com the site that started as a web site for tourists, evolved to be against tourists (especially sex tourists), afterwards changed again to focus on art and culture and eventually crashed and was restored from old backup!
The site has still has prices in Lats (LVL), pages are not updated since long long time ago, but in any case it stays as it is as a nice souvenir to old times.

As the name says it is an open air museum so if you plan to visit in the winter months be sure to dress appropiately. The entire site is about 16 square km but you can explore on your own although a tour is highly recommended and they do speak English. 

open air museum

open air museum

open air museum

Open: Mon-Sun 10-17.

As the Open Air Museum is located next to the Jugla lake with a nice landscape, it is not only a place for "traveling back in time", it's also good for having a picnic.

There you can see how people from different Latvian regions (Kurzeme, Latgale, Vidzeme and Latgale) have lived in the good old days  Some of the building You might see: homesteads, several churches, windmills, smithies and brick-kilns. Also  Livonian peasants and Russian old-believers’ farmhouses, as well as the 18-th century country school and a farm of the 1920-1930-ties.

After walking around try some Latvian tradittional food and drinks in the old road-pub.

Already since 1971 every once a year on the first weekend of June, a tradittional summer fair takes place at the museum. There you can find latvian craftsman selling their wonderful masterpieces, watch them in action, for ecample-a blacksmith, spoon-carver, bee-keeper and other masters, learn Latvian songs and dances, and more and more. It is one of the biggest summer events, feeling is that people from all Latvia...no, even from all the world are there! WSo don't miss it!

The museum is located about a 25 minute bus ride from the train station: Brivibas gatve 440

How to get there? Take a bus Nr.1, get out in the first stop after crossing Jugla lake - on the right side there is a sign "Open Air Museum" (yes, in english!)

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