Plan your visit
WINTER SOLSTICE | December 15, 2013 | 12:00–16:00
The winter solstice arrives at the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum with songs, games, rituals, fortune-telling and well-wishes. Log-dragging is also among the most characteristic winter solstice traditions. The merry-makers will wear masks and drag a log from one homestead to another, gathering all misfortunes from the past year. Afterward, the log will be set ablaze, and everyone will be able to burn away his/her negative thoughts, failures, fears and keep warm hands with hot tea and crisp gingerbread biscuits.
WINTER BALL | December 26, 2013 | 15:00–20:00
After Christmas together with family, the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum invites all Nordic-minded visitors, their relatives and friends from near and far to the traditional Winter Ball. Hot drinks, lanterns and glittering snowdrifts will delight the ball's participants. Dress warmly and enjoy the end of the year in a winter fairy tale!
LIGHT REFLECTIONS IN TWILIGHT HOURS | December 26, 2013–January 12, 2014 | 15:00–20:00
In the middle of the winter the Ethnographic Open Air Museum will turn into a fairy land of ancient farmsteads with lights glimmering in the small windows of the houses which will invite you to enjoy the winter time on the New Year’s Eve. You will be able to take pictures in old sledge and disguise in mummer dress.
SHROVETIDE | February 23, 2014 | 12:00–16:00
Shrovetide or Meteņi is a festival where the ancient Latvians celebrated the passing of winter and started preparing for the coming of spring. Meteņi saw the winter's last mask processions, when people sang, danced, wished well, visited each other far away, rode sleighs down a mountain and boasted to ensure a good harvest. The most popular Meteņi traditions are: wearing masks, chasing away Metenis, searching for the button of happiness, driving away moles from gardens, and cooking delicious Meteņi porridge. The Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum invites you to celebrate the traditional Meteņi Day, when it is still cold outside and snow covers the ground, but spring is already in the air. It is a turning point in nature and farmers' daily routine. We will celebrate the traditional Meteņi Day directly between Christmas and Easter, wear masks and visit each other, sing, joke, compete, ride sleighs, eat smoked pork boiled into a porridge of barley and potatoes, bacon buns, drive away winter and awaken the earth.
About the museum
The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia was established in 1924. Today 118 folk architecture objects are exhibited in the territory of 87ha on the coast of Jugla lake in Riga.
At the museum you can:
MAP of the museum for downloading in English: here (pdf)
MAP of the museum for downloading in Estonian: here (pdf)
Summer season (May 1–October 31) Permanent display, temporary exhibitions and events
3.00 LVL – adults
2.00 LVL - senior citizens
1.50 LVL – full time students
1.00 LVL – pupils, persons with disabilities (III group)
2.50 LVL – per person in group (not less than 10 persons)
6.00 LVL – Family Ticket (2 adults and 2-4 children aged under 18 or 1 large family)
1.00 LVL – full time students, senior citizens
0.50LVL – pupils, senior citizens, persons with disabilities (III group)
Combined tickets for the permanent displays and temporary exhibitions
10.00 LVL – Full time students'Annual ticket (valid at all three locations of the museum)
20.00 LVL – Adults' Annual ticket (valid at all three locations of the museum)
32.00 – Families' Annual ticket (2 adults and 2-4 children aged under 18 or 1 large family, valid at all three locations of the museum)
Children aged 6 and under; disabled persons (I and II group) as well as one accompanying person; disabled children; children from orphanages and psycho-social rehabilitation centres; teachers from school and pre-school institutions visiting the museum as part of groups (one person per at least 10 children); the person in charge of a group (guide); employees of Latvian museums; members of ICOM; media representatives carrying valid press cards
How to get there - public transportation
Until the stop “Brīvdabas muzejs”: bus lines 1, 19, 28;
Ekspress Ādaži bus lines 6821, 6822, 6824, 6826