The Rainis and Aspazija Summer House

Address: 5/7 J. Pliekšāna St., Majori, Jūrmala, LV 2015

Phone: +371 67764295

E-mail: rainis.vasarnica@memorialiemuzeji.lv

www.aspazijarainis.lv

Museum opening times: 10.00–17.00; Su. Mo. – closed

The Rainis and Aspazija Summer House is a museum which is devoted to two famous Latvian poets: Rainis and Aspazija. The cottage in Majori was purchased by Rainis in the autumn of 1926. It was both a workplace and a summer holiday retreat for the poets until 1929.

There are three buildings, typical of the wooden architecture of Jūrmala, forming the museum complex. The poets’ Summer Cottage – a single story wooden building with an attic, wood carvings on the facade and an Art Nouveau veranda, with its small paned windows – was built at the end of the 19th century. Another building is a small stone cottage, which is located deeper in the garden, while a third – a neighbouring summer house – was built early in the 20th century. It is a wooden house built with Art Nouveau influences.

Rainis spent the most time of both poets in the Majori Summer House: “You know, I love loneliness. I don’t need anything besides quiet. Then I can fully dedicate myself to work. But there is no loneliness in Riga. To escape the chatter of boulevards, the hasty city, I often times desert here in Winters. There is peace and quiet here.”

In Rainis’ and Aspazija’s Summer House you can explore the environment in which the poets lived in the twenties of the 20th century. The Memorial rooms are fashioned, using the original items held in the stock of the Literature and Music Museum.

One can see the poets’ rooms with their authentic furniture and other items, The Rainis and Aspazija personal library, as well as the “Rainis’ life and writings” exposition at the Museum.

The Museum is dedicated to the lifelong love and spiritual closeness between the two great personalities. The literary exposition “Me and You” explores the literary heights of Rainis’ and Aspazija’s work.

The museum offers

  • Tours available in Latvian, English and Russian.
  • The documental film “Aspazija and Rainis. The Roll of Time” (17 minutes) in Latvian, Russian, English, German and French.
  • An audiovisual guide in Latvian, Russian, English, German and French – including detailed info about all four Rainis’ and Aspazija’s museums, unique photo and video materials.
  • After previous application, groups are offered hikes (7 km, 1.5 hours ending in the museum) with a guide through the important places in Rainis’ and Aspazija’s lives (Gingerbread house – Jaundubultu Summer House – the sea – Rainis’ and Aspazija’s Summer House).

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