Open-air Museum “Vītolnieki”


It is a branch of the Latvian ethnographical open-air museum and features a typical farm of a coastal village where people used to be engaged both in fishing and farming. Old trees surround the domestic house with a reed roof thatched in the manner characteristic of this area. The house has a veranda with windows and ornamented door jams. Inside you can see old wooden furniture and different household items from previous generations.

Another building is an old two-room granary and also there is a small kitchen house, a bathhouse and a smithy. A pig shed with small windows has been turned into an exposition hall displaying various fishery and handicraft tools. In the museum you can also see an oak-tree boat that is more than 1000 years old. It was used for boating on the lake.

Opening hours

01.05 – 30.09

Wednesday11:00 – 17:00
Thursday11:00 – 17:00
Friday11:00 – 17:00
Saturday11:00 – 17:00
Sunday11:00 – 17:00

When entering the tiny Latvia of the former times that hides unobtrusively behind the pine forest at Lake Jugla, don’t strive to perceive it as a reality for it was a reality only to those from long ago. But the objects, structures, and households still continue to exist. You, a visitor and a stranger, will be rewarded with the intimacy of these treasures of our predecessors. This feeling, without any reminiscence of contemporary man, may be vague, imperfect or too subjective though nursed by many and winnowed by time.


Pape, Rucavas novads
+371 29 262 283