Surrounded by untouched Latvian nature, Tadenava is the birthplace of the poet and public figure Rainis, it is the cradle of his sun and love philosophy. Rainis spent the first three and a half years of his life in Tadenava.
The museum compound includes a farmhouse and a barn built in 1860’s by Rainis’ father, Krišjānis Pliekšāns, a house built in 1920’s for the new ‘Dāboliņi’ farm, as well as a sauna building and a basement.
Having been restored, the museum now offers its exhibits, with a game: every visitor can use interactive toys to find out more about Rainis’ literary heritage, to develop creative thinking and desire to interpret themselves. The exhibition also shows scenes from Rainis’ childhood, with his father Krišjānis, mother Dārta, and sister Līze, and their importance for the little Žaniņš (which is what they affectionately called Rainis back then) in his first home in Tadenava.
Visiting Tadenava and discovering Rainis’ personality and his literary legacy will be an emotional and informative experience for members of any generation.
Come to play and discover!
Offers: Short documentary ‘Aspazija and Rainis. Beginning of time’ (17 minutes) in Latvian, Russian, English, German and French; tours in Latvian, English and Russian; rental of rooms; teaching activities at the museum; picnic area, audio-visual guide; ‘Rainis’ first journey’ bicycle route.
Average object visiting time: 2 hours
Working hours: From 1 May to 31 October: 10:00—17:00; closed on Mondays and Tuesdays