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The Munchausen's museum

22.03.2011 14:47

The Munchausen's museum is located at the picturesque seaside of Vidzeme in Dunte. It is 8 km from Saulkrasti, about 55 km from Riga, just next to the motorway Via Baltica. The museum of Munchausen is one of the succesful projects of "Munchausen's worl" that develops and improves endessly. They say that Munchausen is the most truthful man in the world. What is the reality? Come to visit us and you'll make sure of it. In Munchausen's museum everything is true there, yet different. The museum revives the legend of Hieronymus Karl Friedrich von Munchausen. In the manor house of Dunte placed in Vidzeme, Latvia he spent the happiest times of his life together with his wife Jacobine and people have been telling the tales of Munchausen for centuries there. The sea meets the wood there, in winter horses are being tied to church spires and it takes a single shot to kill ten ducks there.The Munchausen's museum is one of the most visited ones in Latvia. With its unusual exhibit it attracts either local or foreign tourists. In the room of Munchausen's wife Jacobine you'll find a real corner of 18th century ladies paradise. In baron Munchausen's turn you'll find a dozen of fresh game birds hunted down with a single shot. Baron Munchausen is a typical representative of landed classes of 18th century with the hunting and war as the main occupation. Hunting trophies, hunting horns, daggers, weapons, and Munchausen's wax figure with a string of ducks - these are only some of things you'll find at the museum of Munchausen. In Latvia the only collection of wax figures is being exhibited on first floor of Munchausen's museum. Many former and current celebrities have found their shelter there. Everyone can take a picture with Maestro Raimonds Pauls or basketball star Uljana Semjonova and other famous people. During summer time you can visit "Munchausen's inn", have a picnic and children will be able to have fun in playground. Get to know the world of Munchausen!

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History

On 32nd May 2005 Hieronymus Karl Friedrich von Munchausen at the age of 285 has returned to his manor house in Dunte where there is a museum now. The museum has been built precisely in the same spot where the manor house of Baron Munchausen was placed in 18th century.
Previously Munchausen had to dwell in another place and other rooms. At the begining of 1990's in Dunte where folk museum was placed, the specilaists of museum in cooperation with professor Gunars Pakalns prepared a small exhibition about the man from the same district Hieronymus Karl Friedrich von Munchausen. The exhibition was really well attended.

In 1999 the museum was taken over by Liepupe parish. The rooms of the museum were enlarged, the project included the opening of Munchausen's inn but unfortunately in 2001 the building was destroyed by the fire. After the fire the parish of Liepupe opened a temporary exhibition of Munchausen at Liepupe parish house.
In 2004 the museum was taken over by new owners "Minhauzena pasaule" ( "'Munchausen's worl" ) Ltd. and a new exhibition named "Travelling in time together with Munchausen" was open in Liepupe parish house already on 1st April 2004. In autumn 2004 a fundament for the new building of Munchausen's museum was built. The two businessman Ivars Strautiņš and Atis Sausnītis invested a great work and finances to preserve this multicultural project. From the begining the house of the landlord of Dunte was rebuilt and arranged as the Munchausen's museum. In the complex of Munchausen's manor house - museum includes also Munchausen's natures trail.
The past arouses for the future...

More info: http://www.minhauzens.lv/en/munchausens-museum

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