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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUColder weather means most people will switch to indoor activities for their leisure. This opens up a great opportunity to visit museums and expand one’s knowledge. Apeirons society for disabled people and their friends offers five best places in Latvia open for all people, including disabled people.

«Winter season is a great time to enjoy all kinds of educational activities and indoor events. This does not mean staying home, however. We have prepared a list of the most accessible locations and museums for people of all ages and walks of life to enjoy and learn something new. Our observations show that disabled youngsters in Latvia are not very active, and most of the time prefer to stay in their homes. There are many different reasons – the fear of making mistakes, of not fitting in and not being able to access locations. But there are many very interesting places and museums in Latvia that are accessible to invalids,» – says Apeirons chairman Ivars Balodis.

Riga Motor Museum

Baltics’ largest and most modern museum for historic vehicles re-opened this year after a massive reconstruction. There are more than 100 unique cars, motorcycles and bicycles on display. «This is a great place to spend time with family and friends on weekends. The museum is also one of the most accessible ones for disabled people. Every detail has been carefully considered to make sure disabled people can access the museum and move around conveniently,» – says the chairman of Apeirons.

Mark Rothko Art Centre

Art lovers are recommended to check out the famous Mark Rothko Art Centre in Daugavpils. Rothko was a Latvian-born American artist who founded the Abstract Expressionism and Colour square painting style. The centre offers a look at his original paintings and paintings produced by foreign artists. The museum makes art accessible to everyone.

Livonian Order Castle

Kurzeme is home to beautiful beaches and important historic objects. People who wish to experience the charm of ancient times should visit the Livonian Order Castle in Ventspils. The castle offers a look at the region’s history and the castle lifestyle. Although it was built in the second half of the 13th century, the castle has since been made much more accessible for disabled people.

Latvian Fire Fighting Museum

Those especially curious about the history of fire-fighting traditions in Latvia can learn a lot from this museum. Visitors can have a look at the evolution of fire alarms and all kinds of tools and equipment used by fire fighters over the course of the centuries.

Jurmala City Museum

The building of this museum is fully adapted to suit the needs of disabled people. Entry is free of charge. Visitors can have a look at the largest collection of swimsuits in Latvia. The museum also offers a look at exhibits that show how life was in Jurmala in the early 19th century and how it has changed since then.

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