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Address: Riņķa iela 2, Ventspils

Phone/fax:  +371 22466099 ; (+ 371) 63624467



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GPS 57.38501322259195, 21.537881088207996

Seaside Open Air Museum

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Ventspils narrow gauge train Mazbānītis

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Seaside Open Air Museum

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The Seaside Open Air Museum was founded in 1954 to preserve the heritage of the seaside fishing village. Today it is the only open air museum dedicated to fishing in Latvia. It features fishermen’s homesteads, barns, wind mills (from the Užava parish), smokehouses, curing cabins, net sheds and other samples of native building and household artefacts.

In an area of 4 ha, you will find an extensive sea boat collection and the largest anchor collection in the Baltics with 152 exhibits dating from the 17th century to present day. At the Seaside Park you can enjoy the Enkuru taka (Anchor trail) which is formed of the biggest anchors.

One of the most attractive features of the Museum is a 600 mm narrow gauge train called Mazbānītis. Coupled with carriages, this steam engine until recently - back in the 1960’s - provided regular services to the seaside fishing villages. The steam engine was built in Germany in 1916; it weighs 9 tons and can reach a speed of 20 km per hour. From 1st May to 31st October, Wednesday to Sunday, the narrow gauge train Mazbānītis takes tourists not only around the 1.3km long route in the Seaside Park (Riņķa līnija), but also travels on the new Mountain Line (Kalna līnija).

The Museum also offers rides on a peculiar hybrid of a tractor and a locomotive – LocoTractor.

During the tourism season blacksmith, weaver and other craftsmen demonstrate their skills in the museum on weekends. If booked in advance one can learn how to dip candles, to iron clothes with ancient flatiron, to make butter and to get acquinted with ancient measuring instruments. There is a nice playground for children in the museum. There regularly take place large and atractive events, such as international Museum Day, Day of Crafts on Ventspils city festival, Parishe’s Festivities, as well as Latvian traditional holidays and the Slavic Shrovetide day “Masļeņica”.

A new acquisition of the Seaside Open-Air Museum is the Smiltnieku House. This typical late 19th century suburban dwelling, because of its level of preservation, is a unique example in Ventspils, as well as in all of Latvia, of urban construction. The Smiltnieku House was built in Parventa in 1874, on land awarded for participating in the Russo- Turkish War, by the grandfather of the house's owner, Valentina Žūka.

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Opening hours

/01.07.- 31.08./

08:00- 19:00 (1,2,3,4,5)

10:00- 18:00 (6)

10:00- 16:00 (7)

/01.09.- 30.06./

08:00-18:00 (1,2,3,4,5) 

10:00-16:00 (6,7)

10:00- 15:00  (National holidays)



Address: 6 Darzu iela, Ventspils, LV 3601
: +371 63622263, +371 29232226

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