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Open Air Museum "Ausekļu Mill"

Bārbele Parish, Vecumnieki District, LV-3905

+371 29197412, 
+371 26396878

Museum's opening hours:
Summer season (May 1 – October 30):
Monday – closed!
Tuesday – Saturday – 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Sunday – 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Winter season (November  1 –  April 30):  
Wednesdey – Saturday – 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Monday – Tuesday and Sunday – closed!



At the foot of a stately watermill there is a Latvian farmyard with an open-air museum and collection of ancient tools and vehicles, camping facilities, a children's playground, a country style bathhouse. Premises for celebrations and sleeping places (up to 65 persons) in the complex buildings. Various events, celebrations and tastings can be held in the farmyard complex.

Programs for tourist groups and visitor groups:

  • Guided tour and demonstration of ancient techniques and tools;
  • 1 hour program for newlyweds and wedding guests;
  • Baking pies and pancakes – creative workshops, tasting, where guests can be involved into various chores.   

Traditional events and offers on site:

  • “Spring Sowing Celebration” at the Farm on the second Saturday in May;
  • "Harvest Celebration" on the first Saturday in September with demonstrations of the ancient field works and crafts, where visitors are welcomed to try out different activities.


About the museum
Bārbele is located on the crossroads of two important roads, Riga – Skaistkalne and Bauska – Aizkraukle. 2 km from the center of Barbele, on the beautiful Iecava river bank, there is the Rural Tourism House "Ausekļu dzirnavas". Since 2005, step by step, a well-groomed environment in the vicinity of the Iecava River, which offers tourists a holiday in the countryside was created.

Opened in the autumn of 2009, a Latvian traditional farm with a collection of cars, machinery, household items has been created and is being further developed up to this day. The venue also features campgrounds, tent area, playgrounds for children, swimming spots and other amenities.


In the historic mill, which is now an ethnographic museum, two traditional festivals are held – in the spring "Spring work in the country farm" (second Saturday of May) and in the autumn "Harvest Festival" (second  Saturday of September). The objective of these events is to show the interested parties the tools and mechanisms in action and invite the guests to take part in activities.

The space between the buildings holds an exhibit of decorative wheels and old millstones. The main attributes of a peasant's home – farm horse tools e.g. plows, cultivators, and all the horse-drawn accessories are arranged in one place, while the traditional Latvian women's world can be found in the so-called "grandmother's room". There is also our own blacksmith's forge – a workplace with an anvil, blacksmith's fan, a wheel shed – with claw machines and other tools.

Since 2011, the watermill building has regained its glory and has been included in the building ensemble, and the equipment and machinery have installed. The "Lazdas" windmill (ANNO 1926), which was transferred from Ādžūni, Īslīce municipality awaits its rebirth.

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