The Jānis Akuraters Museum

Address: 6a Ojāra Vācieša St., Riga, LV 1004

Phone: +371 67619934

E-mail: akuraters@memorialiemuzeji.lv

Museum opening times: 11.00–18.00; Su., Mo. – closed

In 1933, poet Jānis Akuraters (1876–1937) and his family built a wooden house designed by architect V. Vitands in Torņakalns, Pārdaugava.

The interior and the atmosphere of the house tells of the early to mid 20th century lifestyle of a creative personality. The arrangement and atmosphere of the house introduces one to the rhythm of the day and the festive mood of the arts intelligentsia of the 1930’s. In the house, the interior planning of the functionalism style cohabits with mid 19th century Biedermeier style furniture, and authentic items blend in well with replicas made in the 1920’s–1930’s. The poet’s art collection can be seen here – the work of outstanding Latvian artists: N. Strunke’s sketches of Italian villages, O. Saldavs’ paintings of Vecrīga, and O. Kalējs’ landscapes of Latgale and the highlands and so on.

Nowadays, the museum is one of the cultural centers of Pārdaugava, attracting artists, writers, musicians and actors just as it did during Jānis Akurater’s lifetime.

The museum offers

  • Visiting all the interior rooms of the house, as well as seeing Akuraters’ collection of paintings.
  • Tours, audio and video materials on the writer and his family.