Cultural Centre of the Valmiera Castle and the new exposition “de Woldemer”



In the archive of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck, there is a document from 1381. It’s sealed with a yellow wax seal with Valmiera’s oldest coat of arms, including words – de Woldemer – from Valmiera.

The new exposition of the Valmiera Museum “de Woldemer” invites you: “Unlock the history of Valmiera!” The exhibition harmoniously integrates into the new modern urban structure and the oldest wooden building in Valmiera, also known as Old Pharmacy. It was built around 1735. It is the oldest known wooden residential building in the cities of Latvia, built in a specific construction technique – a log building in a cross-shaped frame with log beams and profiled ends of beams protruding under the rafters.

The environment of the old town of Valmiera has also come to life thanks to the restoration works in the Valmiera castle, improved castle territory, and the exposition of the outdoor space.


Improvements made within the project

The northern defensive wall of the Valmiera castle and the exposed walls of the north-western cellars have been preserved. A new glass building organically matches the restored oldest wooden architecture. An exposition of history from the 13th to 18th century tells about Valmiera castle, the Hanse, the townspeople’s worldviews, and everyday life. Several new museum services have been created.

The total financing of the project Culture, History, Architecture in Gauja and Time Circles is EUR 2,042,965.95, of which EUR 1,032,900 is ERDF co-funding. As part of the project Development of the Historical Centre of Valmiera, the total funding for the creation of the Cultural Centre of the Valmiera Castle is EUR 3,122,006.90, of which 1,168,047.65 EUR is ERDF co-funding.



Bruņinieku iela 1, Valmiera, LV-4201


Working time

Exhibition “de Woldemer”

Monday – CLOSED

Tuesday – 10:00 – 18:00

Wednesday – 10:00 – 18:00

Thursday – 10:00 – 19:00

Friday – 10:00 – 18:00

Saturday – 10:00 – 18:00

Sunday – 10:00 – 16:00


Admission fee

Entrance fee “de Woldemer”

  • Adults EUR 5.00
  • For schoolchildren, students EUR 3.00
  • For a family with two children EUR 7.00

Free entry (with ID):

  • For preschool children;
  • For students of educational institutions of Valmiera region (including Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences);
  • For students and teachers accompanying groups of students;
  • For pensioners;
  • For large families (starting from 3 children);
  • Persons under the age of 18 with disabilities, disabled persons of groups 1 and 2 and their companions;
  • For students of boarding schools, special education schools and classes, orphans and children left without parental care and their accompanying persons;
  • For clients of crisis centres, long-term social care, and social rehabilitation institutions;
  • For the politically repressed;
  • For employees of other museums in Latvia;
  • For the authors, and participants of the exhibition and their family members;
  • For media representatives who depict events in the museum;
  • For employees of municipal institutions and official delegations and guests hosted by the municipality;
  • For the people of Ukraine.

Getting there

The Valmiera Museum is a 15-minute walk from the bus station and a 30-

minute walk from the railway station. We invite you to park a car in the

parking lot next to the Valmiera Culture Centre (Valmieras Kultūras

centrs, Rīgas iela 10).


Good to know

We invite you to contact the head of the History Department, deputy

director for scientific work Liene Rokpelne, +371 64207636,

[email protected]



“de Woldemer”, Phone + 371 26179044

“de Woldemer” guided tours, Phone + 371 64207636

E-mail: [email protected]