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Riga - Latvian Ethnological Open Air Museum

Riga - Latvian Ethnological Open Air Museum

The Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum is an open-air museum situated in a forest park area beside a lake just outside of Riga, with farmers village houses, moved from different districts of the country. The museum was established in 1924, inspired by open air museums in Scandinavia. The plan was to establish a farm from the four regions, Kurzeme, Zemgale, Vidzeme and Latgale, supplied by buildings representing different crafts. In 1932 the museum was opened to the public; in 1939 there were 40 buildings erected. Today 118 buildings are on display, as well as more than 3000 items. Most ethnic groups in Latvia are represented in the museum. The collections count approximately 114,000 items.