Lithuania > Balvi
Balvi differs from other Latgale towns with its unique charm, created by verdure
and combination of modern and ancient architecture, which altogether forms the
image of a small European town.
BALVI DISTRICT MUSEUM
In 2010 the museum moved to a new place - the reconstructed manor granary.
Here history is mixed with new trends - the cellar vaults built by manor people
stand together with the new roof window of the exhibition hall, old granary
door made from 200-year old timber and furniture made by local masters, exhibitions
portraying the olden times of the district and the life vision of young artists.
At the end of September 2014, a new and up-to-date exposition was opened: "Nonmaterial
Cultural Heritage of Northern Latgale". Five exposition halls of the museum
show themes characteristic to the Northern Latgale, namely, ethnography, traditional
music, folklore, customs, psalms, May chants, skills of people, and other local
values. The museum offers educational programmes and tours around the manor
and the town (please, notify us on your visit in advance). The museum welcomes
also people with special needs.
National costume of Abrene
This replica costume set was made in 2011 -2013 according to the 19th century
originals available in the collection of the National History Museum of Latvia.
The costume was made by a group of authors under the guidance of Iveta Gabrane
(1974) within the framework of the project "Abrene National Costume Revival
Awards of the General Valdis Matiss
Photos, documents, General's festive and everyday uniforms, and awards of Valdis
MatTss - the General of ground troops brigade, the head of the reinstated National
Defence Academy, and Latvia's military attache to the USA, Canada, and Russia,
Valdis MatTss being a man from the same district.
Collection of traditional folk music instruments, the most unique of which
is a contrabass or a bass balalaika.Ceramic collection by applied arts masters
Jolanta and Valdis Dundenieks