The seaside open-air museum, or fishing village as I call it, is a pleasant reminder that we live in the Era of Technology and Digitalization. I can’t imagine what would life be like without zeros and ones! But stepping inside the museum proves that everything was very different and simpler back in the days!
A visit to the museum begins with a purchase of the ticket for a symbolic price of 1.40 €! The main hall is rather small yet offers an interesting fishing exposition on the ground floor, where I have absolutely loved the boat, carved from the trunk of a tree. Our ancestors were amazing innovators!
- Stepping outside, first things first, you are invited to visit the toilets. Yes, yes, you won’t find WC facilities elsewhere around the premises. So probably worth your visit!
- For those of you who plan to get on a train after a walk around the museum, I would strongly advise checking the timetable beforehand cause it seems like those are travelling once an hour.
On the grounds of the museum
Outside, it is a pleasant walk in a very clean and tidy nature environment. You are surrounded by the various fishermen’s houses which hit you with the old house smell as soon as you step your foot inside. Then there is a large number of fishing boats ranging from small to medium. There is a Baptist Church, an attraction in itself – a mill, and a basic playground. No cafe though.
From a historical point of view, this is a terrific museum! Every time I visit this fisherman’s village, I have a different impression. But one thing remains unchanged – the past! Seeing these tiny houses, you understand how little you need for a full life. What was used in the past is being used now. Ok, maybe with some improvements! Ha!
The mill is probably one of the most impressive buildings on the grounds. Here you can climb to the very top and follow the processes on each level. Well, mills are generally all the same wherever you go. They have common processes and equipment yet every time the grand exterior seems to impress all the ages!
An interesting fact – all the exhibits were found in Latvia and placed on the grounds of the museum creating a unique authentic fisherman’s village experience. I particularly like the openness of the grounds. It gives you a real feel for the small settlements surrounded by peaceful nature.
This is one of my favourite places in Ventspils and I recommend visiting it. It might not be to everybody’s taste, it is not fancy but adequately purposed for a unique experience of the past!