Valdis Jākobsons bought his first bell already in 1978 in Cologne, Germany in a Sunday fair for 10 Deutsche Marks. At that time, he did not even imagine that it will be the beginning of such a huge collection and that bells will become his hobby and fascination for such a long time. Colleagues who were with him that sunny Sunday in Cologne, tried to stop him from such an unreasoned action and wasting money. At that time, 10 Deutsche Marks were quite a large sum of money for a Soviet person. For example, for 10 Deutsche Marks you could buy the big hamburger and a glass of good German beer. But that day's choice fell for the bell instead of a glass of beer. From now on Valdis brought a bell from each trip became resulting in a colourful and vivid collection.
The collection consists of bells of different shapes and sizes of metal, porcelain, ceramic and glass bells, both ancient and made to honour a special event. The collection offers elegant figure bells, door, table and wind bells, there are sleigh bells, gongs, candlesticks and even beer cup, which is equipped with a bell to get the cup refilled quicker. Each bell has its own story of reaching Blankenfelde, some of them are very funny. Some of these life stories are also available in the exhibition, since the origins of each bell are carefully documented. If you are lucky, the collector Valdis Jākobsons will tell these stories himself.
Upon a prior arrangement gourmet tasting can also be organised in Blankenfelde Manor.
Porcelain bell painting workshop is now open to public at the Bell Museum of Valdis Jākobsons, where everyone - both big and small - will be able to create his/her own special and unique bell to keep it as a keepsake or to give it as a gift to someone special. A self-painted bell can serve as an interesting interior item, original and unique gift, or a nice souvenir which reminds of the visit to the Blankenfelde Manor. Find your creative sparkle and bring joy to yourself and others!
Workshop hours: Saturdays, Sundays - 11:00, 13:00, 15:00
Group size - 6 people.
June 1 - August 30
Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
For prior arrangement of excursion for groups of more then 5 persons please call +371 27810348.
Guided tours should also be arranged in advance.
|Entry ticket||For adults||For pupils, students, pensioners|| |
(2 adults and up to 3 children)
Manor or Bell Museum
|3,00 EUR||2,00 EUR||7,00 EUR|
Manor + Bell Museum