Galleries

07.08.2018

Contemporary Crafts Festival 2018

Unlike the traditional ethnographic June Fair, the August Festival invites Latvian craftsmen who apply a wide variety of methods and materials, involving in their production of goods not only crafts skills, but also elements of technology development and modern design. The crafts combine the beautiful with the useful: artistic individuality, crafts skills and mercantile wisdom.

04.06.2018

The 48th Latvian Folk Applied Arts Fair

This year The Fair gathered more than 520 craftsmen, 170 food and catering companies and 21 dance and music performances from all historical regions of Latvia and abroad.

21.05.2018

The Night of the Museums 2018

On a May evening, the museum filled up with a special atmosphere when children’s games and pastime in the meadow of Kurzeme fishing village and agility relay races for families woke the joy of spring and vernal breath in nature and people.

02.05.2018

Summer season opening

Photo memories from The Summer season opening on May 1, when after the winter houses and farms opened their doors to guests again and craftsmen delighted visitors with demonstration of various handicraft skills. This year we celebrated 50 years of Vidzeme potter’s workshop–kiln “Čipati” being in the museum.

28.04.2018

The Big Cleanup 2018

13.04.2018

Meet your Master! 2018

‘Meet your Master! 2018’ was a chance to meet Latvian craftsmen and learn more about their knowledge and skills. On these days visitors were invited to find out how to make wooden spoons, candles, clay whistles, how to knit and weave, how to play old field games and bake a traditional Latvian bread in an ancient oven. Photo by Reinis Oliņš, courtesy of Latvian National Centre for Culture.

03.04.2018

Easter

Easter at the museum represented the intertwining of folklore, modern and Christian traditions, staring the day with a service in Usma church and continuing with dying eggs and swinging on swings. This day was full of songs, games, customs and "driving away of birds" under the guidance of folklore groups. At the “Priedes Pub” gourmets were delighted by the variety of traditional dishes, but those interested in local crafts were able to visit craftsman fair.

21.03.2018

THE GREAT DAY / SPRING EQUINOX

Traditionally this day was the celebration of spring equinox – a time when the Sun has climbed celestial mountain so high that daytime and night-time are equal length. On The Great Day there were several essential customs that are loved and demanded by everyone - egg dyeing and swinging on swings. On this day everyone was also be able to play many ritual outdoor games and sing together with folk music group "Skandinieki".

13.02.2018

Celebration of Shrovetide (Metenis)

Metenis is the herald of spring and beginning of a new year, as well as the most cheerful holiday of the year and the most popular time for mummeries. On this day museum was filled with masks, dancing and playing together with folk groups, everyone will be offered a chance to visit candle maker's and blacksmith's workshops, go horseback riding and try delicious Metenis' treats.

09.01.2018

LIGHT REFLECTIONS IN WINTER TWILIGHT HOURS

In the middle of winter, Museum is turned into a fairyland of ancient farmsteads with lights glimmering in the small windows of farmhouses, inviting to imagine how life was celebrated by our ancestors.