Ventspils Creative House

The Ventspils Creative House has had an interesting history, as a special interest educational institution. During the autumn of 1955, on 7 Lielā Street, a house which was built in the late thirties, was given to the children and thus it became the Pioneer House. Initially, the house was used by the Crafting Union, and during the war it was a hospital, but after, for a short time it had been home to committee of the Communist Party. Over time, the building was rebuilt, through the construction of the third floor and the modification of the interior for today’s needs and standards. Through the change in generations and ideologies, in 1990, the Pioneer House became the Student Creative House.

In 2010, in preparation for its 55th anniversary, the house staff and students were greeted in its new premises, located almost 100 meters of the existing building, 11 Maiznieku Street, the former building of the Latvian Union. With European, national and municipal funds the building was reconstructed, an extension was built on the 9th of August, 2010, and upon completion of the construction works, it became the possession of the Ventspils City Council. By changing its location, address, and partially its function – the institution changed its name to the Ventspils Creative House.

VCH management:

Director
Daiga Silarāja (daiga.silaraja@ventspils.lv)

Deputies
Cultural work: Lāsma Mencendorfa (lasma.mencendorfa@ventspils.lv)
Course work: Elga Ganiņa (elga.ganina@ventspils.lv)
Technical work: Ģirts Upmalis (girts.upmalis@ventspils.lv)

Planetarium and Observatory

The Ventspils Creativity House was founded on the 2nd of September 2010 on 11 Maiznieku street. It is the location of Latvia’s largest and most modern digital planetarium in the Baltic region, with an observatory equipped with a modern telescope.

The planetarium and observatory is not only meant to satisfy the knowledge and curiosity of students, it will also be used as a summer school for astronomers. In order to improve and develop materials and exchange experience, close contacts have been established with the planetariums of Vienna, Klagenfurt (Austria), Rijeka (Croatia), Lund (Sweden).

Latvia’s largest and most modern digital planetarium in the Baltic region

The dome of the planetarium is 8 meters in diameter. The planetarium can simultaneously host a group of up to 40 people. It uses special software, which demonstrates 360 degree films and unique star shows.

The duration of one session is 45 – 50 minutes. The sessions take place every day. The session content is continuously changed in order to keep it interesting for the visitors, and to create a desire to return and discover new secrets of the Universe.

We request that the visitors consider the schedule of sessions at the planetarium.

Ticket reservation (compulsory) by phone: +371 636 22805!

For additional information please visit our home page: www.jaunradesnams.lv

Ventspils observatory

The observatory, which is located in the roof of the Creativity House, is equipped with a high quality telescope, which can be used by any visitor to view planets, their moons and nebulas in the dark hours of the day. It is also possible to view the Sun, through special filters during the bright hours of the day, just like professional astronomers.

The duration of one session is 45 – 50 minutes, which take place every day. During these sessions it is possible to look at the Sun, stars, planets, as well as visit an educational presentation on the news in astronomy.

* Observations depend on weather
* Ticket reservation by phone: +371 636 22805!