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22.03.2011 12:47

The Munchausen's museum

The Munchausen's museum is located at the picturesque seaside of Vidzeme in Dunte. It is 8 km from Saulkrasti, about 55 km from Riga, just next to the motorway Via Baltica. The museum of Munchausen is one of the succesful projects of "Munchausen's worl" that develops and improves endessly. They say that Munchausen is the most truthful man in the world. What is the reality? Come to visit us and you'll make sure of it. In Munchausen's museum everything is true there, yet different. The museum revives the legend of Hieronymus Karl Friedrich von Munchausen. In the manor house of Dunte placed in Vidzeme, Latvia he spent the happiest times of his life together with his wife Jacobine and people have been telling the tales of Munchausen for centuries there. The sea meets the wood there, in winter horses are being tied to church spires and it takes a single shot to kill ten ducks there.The Munchausen's museum is one of the most visited ones in Latvia. With its unusual exhibit it attracts either local or foreign tourists. In the room of Munchausen's wife Jacobine you'll find a real corner of 18th century ladies paradise. In baron Munchausen's turn you'll find a dozen of fresh game birds hunted down with a single shot. Baron Munchausen is a typical representative of landed classes of 18th century with the hunting and war as the main occupation. Hunting trophies, hunting horns, daggers, weapons, and Munchausen's wax figure with a string of ducks - these are only some of things you'll find at the museum of Munchausen. In Latvia the only collection of wax figures is being exhibited on first floor of Munchausen's museum. Many former and current celebrities have found their shelter there. Everyone can take a picture with Maestro Raimonds Pauls or basketball star Uljana Semjonova and other famous people. During summer time you can visit "Munchausen's inn", have a picnic and children will be able to have fun in playground. Get to know the world of Munchausen!



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10.03.2011 07:19

The Museum of Ainazi Naval School

On the Vidzeme seacost, at the Estonian border, there is a place called Ainazi. Small, quiet, thought alive with a Latvian spirit. The name of the town, Ainazi, has come from the Livi word "ainagi" - "solitary". The murmur of the sea and the summer heat as if inivite to walk to the sea where once a merchant port had been. At the end of the 19th century this port was placed third after St.Petersburg and riga, according to the number of the registred ships. The lively coasting between Riga and Pernava called for a shelter port on the Vidzeme coast. Thus, in 1900, after Russia’s Ministry of Communication had carried out research at the ainaþi and Salacgrîva seacoast, it was advised to build the port in Ainazi, for the place was better sheltered from the wind, it had a better anchoring ground, and it froze later in the season. The port and its constructions suffered in the two world wars. In the post-war years it had been left to the destructive impact of waves and ice. It was only fifty years later that the local inhabitants realized the necessity of the port and set about its reconstruction. Seafaring is the outset, the past, and the future of Ainaþi. The Museum of Ainazi Naval School bears withness of the past, as the cradle of Latvian seafaring. The museums is open to visitors cince July 20, 1969.


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03.03.2011 08:39

Salacgriva museum

In 1998 the Salacgriva museum was established.
Currently the museum is situated at Sila Street 2, a house was built on the foundations of the old society house.
Nowadays there are about 3000 items in the museum holdings arranged into five collections:
•         photographs and postcards ( about 700 items),
•         tools and equipments for fishing in the river and the sea,
•         homemade textiles and household items,
•         documents and printed matters,
•         artwork of local artists.
The legendary baron Ferzen, for instance in the 18th century was related with the Vecsalaca Manor, where he had established the biggest collection of art in Vidzeme. The idea on establishing a sea museum also came from Ferzen. During his reign the intact wing of the medieval castle on Salaca castle hill held an amazing baron’s collection of marine artifacts. The very first items in the collection of our museum were old photographs and postcards showing Salacgriva and the life of its inhabitants. They document important changes in the development of Salacgriva and show the views of the town and its streets even 100 years ago. The museum is ready to form a new collection of immaterial cultural heritage. Filmed material about ancient fishing skills used only in Salacgriva region, interviews’ recordings, memory’ s stories of local inhabitants will be included there.
The museum is open:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 12.00 – 16.00
Saturday 10.00 – 14.00
In summertime from June 1st till September 30th:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10.00 – 17.00
Saturday 10.00 – 15.00
Giving us a timely call on the number
+371 64071981 you can arrange for a visit at some other time.
Entrance fee to the museum
Schoolchildren and retired persons –
Ls 0.20
Adults –
Ls 0.40
Schoolchildren and retired persons, guided tour –
Ls 0.30 (per person). Adults, guided tour – Ls 0.50 (per person) Preschool children, museum employees, handicapped and the retired from the local municipality – free entrance.
Exhibitions. The museum has two exhibition halls. A visitor can enjoy a permanent exhibition in one of the halls while the other hall is used for art exhibitions.
From the summer of  2010 a new permanent exhibition about fishing history and traditions in the see and on the river Salaca has been opened. The particular accent is made on demonstrating of old method of lamprey catching in the Salaca.
Photo studio “Lielsalace” Upon viewing all the exhibitions the visitors can try on hats, shawls and other historical accessories, so that they can take picture of themselves and their friends using an old Salacgriva postcard as the background. Studio is changing and growing.
Please mind! You have to use your own camera.
A museum guide shows the process of making fabric, starting from wool processing and to the actual weaving on a loom. The visitors can try it themselves, getting on the loom and weaving some part of a rug.

More info: phone: +371 64071981, fax: 64071995

www.muzeji.lv email: muzejs@salacgriva.lv

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Salacgrīva municipality council

Smilšu street 9, Salacgrīva

Salacgrīva municipality, LV - 4033

Reg. Nr. 90000059796

PVN Reg. Nr. LV90000059796

phone - 64071973, fax - 64071993

e-mail: dome@salacgriva.lv

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