Renovation of the House of Latvian traditions and crafts
The construction and renovation works in the buildings at 2 Vecpilsētas Street and 1 Jāņa Asara Street were carried out by SIA Warss+. The building research process began in 2017, while the restoration and reconstruction works began in February 2021, with the objects going into operation at the end of July 2022.
As part of the construction work, a portion of the foundation was bricked over and waterproofing was built for the exterior walls of the log house. During the restoration of the walls of the house, they were carefully dismantled and, based on the study of the logs, restored using the decayed parts of the walls. The gaps between the wall logs are filled with moss for thermal insulation, as it was in ancient times. All well-preserved timbers were used to the maximum extent during the building renovation process. During the study of the interior decoration layers, an artistically valuable polychrome decoration was discovered – in the 18th and 19th centuries, both freehand and stencil painted patterns on the upper part of the walls. The decorative wall strips in the interior of the building have been restored.
A unique object has been restored in the building – a fireplace chimney, which is the only known restored fireplace chimney in Jelgava. Fireplace chimneys are one of the oldest flue systems, which were installed in castles and manors in the early Middle Ages, and later also in residential houses.
The interior, wall decorations, engineering communication solutions, stoves and ovens from earlier times have been preserved after the restoration.
A courtyard with a small stage, weaver’s and ceramic workshops, and a family room have been created in the House of Latvian traditions and crafts.
The House of Latvian traditions and crafts was created with the aim of promoting the skills of ancient Latvian crafts and, in accordance with Latvian traditions, encouraging public participation in various events.
The building on 2 Vecpilsētas Street and the related infrastructure necessary for the object’s functioning – the reconstruction, restoration and improvement of the surrounding area of the building on 1 Jāņa Asara Street, creating the House of Latvian traditions and crafts has been implemented by ERDF project No. 126.96.36.199/19/I/005 within the framework of the Preservation and Development of Cultural Heritage in Jelgava City.
The visits are possible on your own or by prior reservation, you can go on a tour of the building accompanied by a specialist, learn about the history and interior of the building, discover the nuances of the weavers’ work, see how a folk costume is made and try out weaving skills yourself.
Excursions for both individual visitors and tourist groups are available in Latvian, English, German and Russian.
The folk costumes of Latvia’s regions, as well as their accessories, can be purchased both on the spot and by placing an order.
Creative and masterclasses
- Educational programmes on Latvian traditions
- Masterclass in bread baking
- Instructions for making the Zemgale folk costume and its accessories
- Pedagogical programmes
- Baptism and wedding events
- Rental of yard for events: up to 3 hours - 37.19 EUR; from 4 to 6 hours - 49.59 EUR; from 7 to 8 hours - 66.12 EUR; from 9 to 12 hours - 99.17 EUR
Working hours, prices and contacts
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 18:00
Sunday 10:00 – 15:00
Ceramics Workshop and Kiln
The ceramics workshop and kiln supplement the offer of the House of Latvian Traditions and Crafts. Here, pupils and adults can take an educational tour, listen to a lecture on the process and techniques of pottery making, learn about the different types of clay, and watch a ceramics demonstration.
Visitors can take part in creative classes and learn how to make their own clay objects using different techniques, allowing themselves to be both creative and emotional when working with clay.
Excursions and workshops are available in Latvian and English.
Opening hours of the ceramics workshop
Monday, Thursday - closed
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00 (break - 12:00 - 13:00)
Wednesday 10:00 - 20:30 (break - 16:00 - 17:00)
Friday 10:00 - 18:00 (break - 13:00 - 14:00)
Saturday 12:00 – 20:30 (break - 16:00-17:00)
Sunday 12:00 – 15:00
- adults, pupils – 20 EUR per person;
- for a group of up to 10 persons – 60 EUR per group.
Excursion through the ceramics workshop:
- adults, pupils, pensioners – 1.50 EUR;
- school groups with a teacher – 20 EUR per group.