The World of Pastariņš 
The “World of Pastariņš” exhibition is in the restored home of the farm, and it offers a look at the mid-20th century lifestyle of a family that was comparatively wealthy and had farmed the land for many, many years.  This was a period when the farm was managed by Ernests Birznieks-Upītis’ brother, Kārlis.
At the centre of the house is a kitchen with a bread oven.  Alongside is granny’s room, with a loom, a spinning wheel, knit socks and gloves, and wood carvings which show images from Pastariņš’ dairy.
Of importance here are crafts which come from the weaving workshop of the Tukums Museum.  Precise replications of blankets came from the master craftswoman Ruta Švampe, who carefully studied the most typical examples of such objects in Northern Kurzeme before getting to work.
A Northern Kurzeme Farm
The Bisnieki farm has maintained the typical layout of a Northern Kurzeme farm in the modern era.  The farm was established by Kārlis Birznieks in the late 19th and early 20th century, and he built a new and stable granary, cattle shed and house.
The writer Ernests Birznieks-Upītis, who was called Pastariņš when he was a child, lived in a very different environment – one that was not similar to the environment of the modern era.  During the latter half of the 19th century, Bisnieki had at least nine small buildings which dated back to the 18th or early 19th century.  They were close to one another, thus shaping an irregularly planned yard through which a road passed.
The renovation of existing buildings at Bisnieki meant that only a modern layout of the farm could be reconstructed so that the exhibitions would reflect the relevant type of farm management.  The sauna was restored in 2007, and the house followed suit in 2009.  Financing from the European Union’s rural development programme for the preservation and restoration of countryside cultural heritage has made it possible to gradually restore the other buildings and to establish ethnographic exhibitions.
The farm which existed when the writer was a child can only be seen in a mock-up in the garden of Bisnieki.  A look at the mock-up and the actual farm makes it possible to compare the arrangement of the two periods and have a sense of how it was developed.