In his book “Boys of Valmiera” Pāvils Rozītis wrote, “If you have not seen Simjūds Market, you have not had your youth.” Simjūds Market was the largest annual fair in Northern Vidzeme by 1940. It got its name on 28 October 1283, when the foundation of Valmiera Church was laid on St. Simon’s Day..

The first re-enlivened market was held on 26 October 1996. Dances, songs, ancient costumes, demonstrations of skilled craftsmen, and the market hubbub reign once again in Valmiera each year on the second Saturday of October.

International Museum Day – Night of Museums






International Museum Day is celebrated worldwide every year in the middle of May. Its origins date back in 1977, when the ICOM (International Council of Museums) established such a tradition. The goal of the idea – in accordance with the possibilities provided by the traditions and upcoming events, to hold special events, promotions, to open exhibitions, expositions, to allow free of charge attendance to the museum.

Night of Museums  is an international, European-scale event which takes place at the same time in museums of almost all the European states. Since 2005, on the second Saturday of May, there are various activities in Valmiera Museum during “Museum Night” – exhibitions, workshops, night concerts, theatrical performances.


Different School

Every year on the first day of school is organized attractive lessons with interactive hustle for pupils and for their parents in the yard of the museum. In an interesting way of lessons children and their parents can encrypt the texts, solve different exercises of Maths and Logics, search for the lost figures in panes, work with a salt dough creating figures, recognize different musical instruments, their names and walk on the feet of giant. Lessons are judged by director of school. Pupils receive useful and sweet prizes.

International conference “Scholarly Readings of Young Historians”

An international conference that brings together young historians from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. It is a great opportunity to present research findings in an academic environment, to strenghten experience in participating in conferences, to submit papers to a peer-reviewed collection of conference papers “Scholarly Readings of Young Historians VIII”, as well as to get acquainted with research interests of other historians, and also to be advised  from experienced colleagues.