EXHIBITIONS

NORTHERN KURZEME FARMSTEAD

Visitors have a chance to compare 19th and 20th century farmsteads in Northern Kurzeme and learn about the lifestyle in the mid-20th century.

EXHIBITIONS

BARN – THE REFLECTION OF THE FAMILY’S WEALTH

The exposition inside the barn takes visitors into the daily life of the Birznieki family, where they can get to know the traditional aspects of living on a farmstead.

EXHIBITIONS

FOR VISITORS

WORKING HOURS
  • MONDAY CLOSED
  • TUESDAY CLOSED
  • WEDNESDAY 10:00 - 17:00
  • THURSDAY 10:00 - 17:00
  • FRIDAY 10:00 - 17:00
  • SATURDAY 10:00 - 17:00
  • SUNDAY 10:00 - 17:00

The museum is closed on national holidays: 1 January, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday, summer solstice (23–24 June), Christmas (24–26 December) and 31 December, except during special events.

FREE ADMISSION
GUIDE SERVICES
In Latvian 
(up to 20 people/hour):
EUR 16,00
In a foreign language 
(up to 20 people/hour):
EUR 22,00
Outside the museum
(up to 20 people/hour):
EUR 20,00
Tour
(up to 20 people/hour):
EUR 24.00

ABOUT PASTARIŅŠ' MUSEUM

ABOUT PASTARIŅŠ' MUSEUM

Pastariņš’ Museum is dedicated to the writer Ernests Birznieks-Upītis (1871–1960), who was called Pastariņš in childhood. The Bisnieki farmstead, where the writer was born, is more than 400 years old and has changed beyond recognition over time. The historical buildings have been restored to reflect the situation in the mid-20th century, when the farmstead was managed by the writer’s brother Kārlis Birznieks (1864–1942).

The restored dwelling house gives the opportunity to get to know the Birznieki family, as well as the life and creative work of the writer. The museum exhibits original objects once owned by the writer, including his desk with a chair and inkpot. The expositions inside the restored buildings – the barn (1894), shallow-litter cowshed (1896), bathhouse/grain kiln (around 1910), deep-litter cowshed and carthouse (1830) – follow the motifs of the writer’s stories.

In the garden, you will find a miniature model of the Bisnieki farmstead as it looked in the writer’s childhood. The houses are just big enough for the wooden story characters. The museum is a great place for family excursions and school field trips. The programmes utilise games and play to explore the stories, traditional jobs and culinary heritage, including baking bread in a genuine bread oven.

Newlyweds are especially welcome here to celebrate according to Latvian traditions. The museum traditionally celebrates solstices, performs baptisms and offers the Journey in Time programme.