The Krišjānis Barons Museum

Address: 3 Krišjāņa Barona St., flat 5, Riga, LV 1050

Phone: +371 67284265


Museum opening times: 11.00–18.00; Mo. Tu. – closed
Wednesdays: 13.00–19.00

In 1919, distinguished Latvian folklorist Krišjānis Barons (1835–1923) moved to the apartment, which was located in the third building on the former Suvorova iela, and lived the last four years of his life with the family of his doctor son, University of Latvia Professor Kārlis Barons. Kārlis Barons is considered the founder of dentistry in Latvia.

The most authentic part of the Museum exposition is Krišjānis Barons’ room. Here one can also see the famous Dainu skapis [cabinet of folk songs] (a copy) which he created, which stores late 19th century handwritten records of Latvian folk songs and was in 2001 included in the UNESCO programme’s “Memory of the World Register”.

The museum’s focus is on maintaining and popularizing the folklore and tradition culture of Latvia, especially in connection to Krišjānis Barons’ life and work in the form of various guided tours, events and lectures in English, Russian and Latvian.
The Krišjānis Barons museum also has had a long history of cooperation with both the Russian minority in Latvia, as well as various museums in Russia.

Our museum has defined itself as being socially open, continuously working to improve the cohesion and integration in society.

The museum offers

  • Guided tours of the museum.
  • Audio and video materials on Krišjānis Barons and his family.
  • Substantial focus on Latvian folklore and traditional culture.

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