Memorial Museum of Ādolfs Alunāns

This is a memorial house of Ādolfs Alunāns - the Father of Latvian theatre, where he lived from 1910 - 1912 and his family until 1926. Thanks to his grandson Ādolfs Švānbergs there are now more than a thousand original items in the museum which remind of the 20th century romance and maintains the aura created by Ādolfs Alunāns.

About Ādolfs Alunāns (1848-1912)

Ādolfs Alunāns is the founder of Latvian theatre, the first professional actor, director, playwright, publicist, writer of couplets and already during the lifetime was called the Father of Theatre. From 1870 till 1885 Alunāns managed the Riga Latvian Society Theatre. He educated the first generation of Latvian actors and spectators, laid the foundations of performance, created the first repertoire. From 1896 till 1904 the Ādolfs Alunāns theatre was perfoming in Jelgava.

Here the Alunāns family rented the second floor of the building, which houses the memorial apartment of the Father of theatre. In May 2011, after significant improvement, the renovated museum has opened its door to visitors, allowing to see the restored building and its modernized interactive exhibition.

Working hours

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 10:00 to 18.00.


Memorial Museum (house) of Ā. Alunāns

Regular displays and exhibition

  • for adults 1.00 EUR
  • for school-age children 0.50 EUR
  • students 50 % discount

Exhibition in the museum

  • for adults 0.70 EUR
  • for school-age children, seniors 0.35 EUR


Guided excursion - group of 20 persons 10,00 EUR (Latvian), 15,00 EUR (Russian, English)

Educational programme in the museum

  • for adults 1.50 EUR
  • for pupils 1.00 EUR

Audioguides in Russian, English, German, Norwegian.

Movie (excursion of memorial rooms) for disabled people in Latvian with subtitles in Russian, English and German.


Jelgava, Filozofu iela 3
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Tuesday: 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 18:00
Friday: 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00