Address: K. Valdemāra iela 47, Limbaži district, Ainaži, LV–4035, Latvia
Contact telephone: (+371) 6404 33 49; 294 24 867
The Museum of Ainaži Naval School is a memorial of the first Latvian professional naval school and its graduates – Latvian and Estonian captains and helmsmen. The Museum has been functioning since 20 July 1969.
The Museum is situated at the Estonian border, in the former port town of Ainaži. The exhibition is on display in the reconstructed labourers’ house of Captain Veide and tells about the first Latvian naval school, founded in 1864, the school and the building of sailing ships on the Vidzeme seacoast in the second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. In the classroom, standing at the blackboard is the wax image of Captain Christian Dahl, a Swede by origin and Head of the ancient naval school. The showcases hold old photos of seamen. The exhibition provides information on how sailing ships were built in the coastal villages, how they were launched and how seamen sailed them to far-off seas and oceans of the world. On show is a sailor’s chest with a bottle of rum, a walking-stick made of fishbone, a captain’s collar box, a pipe, a sailor’s dagger to be worn only by diplomaed helmsmen, and various other objects.
The Museum garden is the venue of a collection of anchors; there is also the bust of Krišjānis Valdemārs, and wooden sculptures featuring the old salt, the Veide brothers and Jānis Miķelsons. On the way to the Museum there is the Ainaži windbreaker’s beacon, salvaged from the sea.