Private Trip to Latvian Open-Air Museum and Riga Motor Museum
MyLittleAdventure logo
English / EUR
Private Trip to Latvian Open-Air Museum and Riga Motor Museum
/ Latvia / Riga / Tours & Activities /
See details in English

Private Trip to Latvian Open-Air Museum and Riga Motor Museum

4 h
Instant confirmation
About this activity
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, Brivibas gatve 440, Riga 1024 Latvia

In 1924, the Latvian Council of Monuments signed an order to create the open-air museum in Riga. The plan was to relocate a homestead from all four regions of Latvia – Courland, Zemgale, Vidzeme and Latgale – to the museum. Each of the buildings would represent the different crafts of each area. The new museum acquired land from a state land fund in the sandy dunes near Jugla Lake, just outside the city.

In 1939, there were already 40 buildings erected in the museum. Every region had its homestead and several other buildings of architectural or cultural value represented here. In the 1930s the museum became a very popular place and the community actively participated in the development of the museum.

During World War II, the museum remained mostly undamaged, but most of its pre-war personnel were unavailable after having been repressed or forced into exile. Many documents were also lost during this period. After the war, the new Soviet power didn't understand the nature of the museum and even declared it ideologically incorrect. Only in the late 1960s did the museum see a renaissance, when a new generation of museum specialists started to work in the museum.

When Latvia regained its independence in 1991, the museum started actively collecting and documenting Latvian heritage from the 1920s and 1930s, a period during which Latvian agrarian reforms reshaped the Latvian countryside. Today, the museum organizes many cultural events, such as folk concerts and traditional and craft festivals. The museum promotes traditional Latvian culture and lifestyle with these cultural events.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Riga Motormuseum, Sergeja Eizenshteina iela 8, Riga 1079 Latvia

Riga Motor Museum is the biggest antique vehicle museum in the Baltic countries, located in Riga, Latvia.

The museum was founded in 1989 on an initiative from Latvia Antique Automobile club. Since 1992, the museum is a member of International Association of Transport and Communication Museums.

In 2013 the museum closed for reconstruction works. In 2 July 2016 the museum opened after reconstruction for everyone.

One of the most significant exhibits in the museum is a replica of the 1938 Auto Union racing car Type C/D. The original car was saved from cutting into scrap by Viktors Kulbergs, president of Antique Automobile Club of Latvia but then exchanged for a replica from Crostwaite & Gardiner and Roach Manufacturing after negotiations with Audi AG in 1995. Original 1938 car can now be admired in Audi`s museum mobile in Ingolstadt.

Duration: 1 hour

Read more Show less
  • English speaking driver
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private trip
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Museum entrances
  • Entry/Admission - Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Riga Motormuseum
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please bring your walking shoes
  • Coffee stops and detours can be arranged with driver
  • Please inform us if you wish to have different pickup time.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
You may also like
Click to discover other experiences See all
Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau 11 Activities
Escape Game
Escape Game 6 Activities
Gourmet 5 Activities
With Locals
With Locals 5 Activities
Old Town
Old Town 12 Activities
Rundale Palace
Rundale Palace 6 Activities
Sigulda 13 Activities
Outdoor Activities
Outdoor Activities 12 Activities
City Sightseeing Tour
City Sightseeing Tour 7 Activities
See all 11 Collections


  • Information & Tips
  • Collections
  • Tours & Activities


We use cookies to provide you the best experience. By continuing to browse this site, you accept the use of cookies. For more information, please read our privacy policy.