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Museums of Riga

March 27, 2016

If museums are your thing, here’s a list of the best, weirdest and most informative museums of Riga. From war museums to art galleries, there’s something for everyone here.

Museum of the Occupation of LatviaThis is by far the most impressive, most informative museum in Riga. You can find out about Latvia’s sad history between world war 2 and Stalinist Russia up until they gained their freedom in 1990. Latvia and the other Baltic States are sadly often overlooked European countries but that isn’t to say the culture and history isn’t strong and fascinating. The history is, in fact, one of the things that made me fall in love with this little country and you will too if you visit the Museum of Occupation.Latvian National Museum of ArtArt lovers are in for a treat as this is one of the biggest, most impressive museums in Riga. It homes over 50,000 works of art and has the richest collection of national art in Latvia.Museum of the History of Riga and NavigationInside Riga’s Dome Cathedral is the Museum of History and Navigation. It is the oldest public museum in Latvia and one of the oldest in Europe. It is one of the best museums to find out the history of Riga before World War 2. Here, you can find the legend of Big Christopher (Lielais Kristaps), whose story can also be found by the River Daugava.Latvian War MuseumLocated inside Riga’s Powder Tower, the Latvian War Museum is another museum rich in history. It has an extensive collection of war artefacts, housing more than 25,000 objects including uniforms, documents, weapons and photographs. It is the biggest military museum in Latvia. Art Nouveau MuseumLocated in Riga’s impressive Art Nouveau district, the Art Nouveau Museum offers an environment highlighting the authentic 20th century designs in an apartment where visitors can experience home planning with the traditional art nouveau style.(Photo Credit: Here)

Wooden RigaThe museum ‘Wooden Riga’ showcases typical wooden dwellings where workers would live in the 19th century. It is located in one of the more interesting areas of Riga where the wooden dwellings are still popular and a typical mode of life.

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