Exhibitions and Expositions
When you enter the lobby of the palace, you will see the unique centenarian tile stove, then walk around the Art Nouveau salons, and walk down to the memorial room of the first owner of the palace George Armitstead.
The top floor will have an exciting thematic exhibition waiting for you. Unless you walk up the tower stairs with closed eyes, on your way, you will have an opportunity to learn about changes in the Jaunmokas manor and palace during restoration.
The Forest Museum will await with a very special world, telling about the history of forest management and hunting, as well as about the wildlife living in our forests.
The entrance hall
The excursion trough the Palace starts in the entrance hall where you can see an oven of ceramic tiles made by the company Zelm & Boehm in 1901. This oven is unique and it consists of 130 ceramic tiles with 50 different paintings of Riga and Jurmala.
SalonsHad you visited the Jaunmokas Palace in 1901, the doors would open and you would have received this address: “Ladies and gentlemen, the Mayor of Riga George Armitstead welcomes you to his hunting lodge!” Ladies would be dressed in long gowns and lavish hats, holding posh parasols, while men would walk around holding walking-sticks and cigars. You might be invited to a sophisticated tea soirée.
The White Hall with its large windows, an exit to the porch, a white fireplace and a grand piano was used during the Soviet era for the needs of a community centre and a cinema. Today, it has regained its original appearance. This is where the newlyweds are invited to dance their first waltz during their wedding tour.
The Red Hall once served as the dining room of the original owners of the palace. In the evenings, the whole family would gather around the massive wooden table, and food was delivered from the kitchen, which was located on the base floor, to the dining room with a special lift. Hunting trophies, which are arranged on the walls, remind us that this palace was once built specifically for hunting needs.
After the reconstruction works carried out in the spring of 2014, the palace salons obtained a completely different appearance and feel. In co-operation with the company “Morris&Co”, the English Art Nouveau is now the predominant décor in the palace. The versatile nature motifs, playfully winding lines, the rich colour nuances and their saturation seen in the wall paper patterns and upholstery fabrics allows us feel the liveliness of Art Nouveau better.
In the early 20th century, salons offered a place for the guests to spend their leisure time in small interest groups. To create a more realistic ambience of the era, work is under way to introduce the interior of a tea salon, a men’s lounge, and a ladies’ salon.
The tea salon design is dominated by mellow pastel hues, which contribute to an ambience of leisurely relaxation and pensiveness.
The men’s lounge design ideas now have only been put “on paper”, but already now, owing to the dark tones in the wall-paper and fabric patterns, the seriousness and strictness of decisions of a manor owner can be perceived.
The ladies’ salon — a truly romantic place for holding lady-like conversations, supplemented by playful nature motifs in furniture design. The fine mirrored case, elegant pedestals and the fireplace impart playfulness and lightness to the interior, but the original furniture of the palace — a group of sitting furniture including a sofa and chairs — bring you back to the manor era.
The last salon was arranged to honour the memory of the builder of the palace George Armitstead (1847–1912). It includes an exposition of memorabilia of the Armitstead family: Portraits of George Armitstead and his wife Cecile (nee Pichlau), as well as his grandfather G. Armitstead, a travel case, a sofa and a blue embroidered cushion. The commemorative room was created to introduce the visitors to the family, life, and work of the greatest Mayor of Riga.
Forestry MuseumThe Forest museum invites the visitors to experience the charm of the forest and to see different expositions that report about the inhabitants of the forests of Latvia, tree species and the history of forestry. But picture exhibitions that are changed every season can be seen in the Tower Hall.
January 2017 brought along the updated Forest Museum exposition, in which you can learn about the wildlife of Latvia’s forests in interactive exhibits — you can check out stuffed animals, get to know animal and bird sounds, feel fur samples and test footsteps, sort out energy exchange processes in nature, learn about the bird hatching process, testing timber samples of different densities… All visitors will be able to find something interesting and worth checking out at the museum.
In the museum you can see hunting equipment, forestry tools and tree and shrub species of Latvia.
The picture exhibitions in the Tower Hall are changed each season, but a permanent exposition is the collection of hunter silver cigarette cases and a collection of silver and gold monograms.
The Sightseeing Tower
An elegant palace needs a tower and palace Jaunmokas has one – it is possible to have a beautiful view over the near and far hills of Kurzeme. The tower was built as a water tower to supply the palace with tap water, but nowadays it is fitted the needs of the visitors and a watch tower is created. But the palace has not been elegant and aristocratic all the time.
About 20 families lived in the palace during the times of the Soviet rule and the palace was transformed beyond recognition. No repair work was done and it was partly destroyed. The rebirth of the palace can be viewed in the exposition in the Tower “About the restoration and development of Palace Jaunmokas from 1974 until today”.
Those who are interested in hunting will be interested to see hunting weapons from the beginning of the 20th century – the collection can be found on the climb to the Tower.