National History Museum of Latvia

National History Museum of Latvia

National History Museum of Latvia
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  • Kieran T
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best museums
    One of the best museums I've ever been to and only 3 euro! There is SO MUCH in this museum. The displays are very well thought out and immersive, particularly the current display on the Latvian Constitution - this blends written information, pictures, videos, and graphics, as well as philosophical/political questions with voting counters to really get you thinking. Upstairs in the permanent exhibitions there are loads of artefacts to look at, as well as many more pictures and videos to compliment the written info. Each floor/exhibition has its own look/vibe, which keeps the entire journey interesting. These exhibitions range from 11,000 BC right through to the modern day, so this is the best place to get an overview of the entire history of Latvia. A lot of the written info in the permanent exhibits is in Latvian only, but don't let this put you off if you don't speak the language - there is so much information that it was actually quite nice to just walk round and look at the pictures, videos (which had English versions), and artefacts - it was far easier to see more of the exhibits this was without getting tired (as I said, there are a lot!). 3 Euro is unbelievable value. We spent a couple of hours there, but you could spend all day.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Michael Raymond
    Eagan, Minnesota23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    This is one of the best national history museums I’ve ever visited. I spent three full hours learning details about the evolution of an area with a few Baltic tripes, into Livonia, and into the modern Latvian state. There is a lot here that you don’t get from other sources such as their military history museum or Wikipedia. In each room there’s a well-written handout in English explaining and telling the story of the room’s historical period. The highlight is the video reenactments of debates they had over various aspects of their constitution. There’s something similar in the Estonian national history museum, but this was more thought provoking.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Ivar T
    128 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You do not get tired walking through this historical museum
    Many museums of history or national museums tend to be very tiresome visiting as they do no show a few items of the various displayed items. No, many museums tend to show 100 pcs of the same piece. Yes, very interesting for nerds but for common people totally boring. This is not the case at National History Museum of Latvia. 2nd floor holds temporary exhibitions and when I visited it it was very describing and well displayed exhibition of the creation of Latvia's constitution. 3rd and 4th floor hold permanent exhibitions. Very interesting. For me the time from 1850 - was the most interesting. In the temporary exhibition all texts were available in Latvian and English. Very friendly to tourists. However, the English texts were not present in the permanent exhibitions. The museums had as compensation A4 sheets with descriptions in English, but a very lousy compensation. To solve the problem the museum could introduce verbal descriptions available via qr-codes.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 December 2023
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Rubysoul
Cologne, Germany145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
I thought it was quite extensive and interesting, texts are latvian but leaflets in English and Russian are also available.
I particularly enjoyed the recent exhibition with photographs from mainly the 70s and 80s;
Written 11 February 2024
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Ivar T
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Many museums of history or national museums tend to be very tiresome visiting as they do no show a few items of the various displayed items. No, many museums tend to show 100 pcs of the same piece. Yes, very interesting for nerds but for common people totally boring.
This is not the case at National History Museum of Latvia. 2nd floor holds temporary exhibitions and when I visited it it was very describing and well displayed exhibition of the creation of Latvia's constitution.
3rd and 4th floor hold permanent exhibitions. Very interesting. For me the time from 1850 - was the most interesting.
In the temporary exhibition all texts were available in Latvian and English. Very friendly to tourists. However, the English texts were not present in the permanent exhibitions. The museums had as compensation A4 sheets with descriptions in English, but a very lousy compensation. To solve the problem the museum could introduce verbal descriptions available via qr-codes.
Written 10 December 2023
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Michael Raymond
Eagan, MN23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
This is one of the best national history museums I’ve ever visited. I spent three full hours learning details about the evolution of an area with a few Baltic tripes, into Livonia, and into the modern Latvian state. There is a lot here that you don’t get from other sources such as their military history museum or Wikipedia. In each room there’s a well-written handout in English explaining and telling the story of the room’s historical period. The highlight is the video reenactments of debates they had over various aspects of their constitution. There’s something similar in the Estonian national history museum, but this was more thought provoking.
Written 22 September 2023
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GaryBrazel
Brooklyn, NY1,156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
nteresting and informative museum. I especially recommend it for Lett people, but as a foreigner I also found it very worthwhile.
Written 16 September 2023
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Kieran T
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
One of the best museums I've ever been to and only 3 euro! There is SO MUCH in this museum. The displays are very well thought out and immersive, particularly the current display on the Latvian Constitution - this blends written information, pictures, videos, and graphics, as well as philosophical/political questions with voting counters to really get you thinking.

Upstairs in the permanent exhibitions there are loads of artefacts to look at, as well as many more pictures and videos to compliment the written info. Each floor/exhibition has its own look/vibe, which keeps the entire journey interesting. These exhibitions range from 11,000 BC right through to the modern day, so this is the best place to get an overview of the entire history of Latvia.

A lot of the written info in the permanent exhibits is in Latvian only, but don't let this put you off if you don't speak the language - there is so much information that it was actually quite nice to just walk round and look at the pictures, videos (which had English versions), and artefacts - it was far easier to see more of the exhibits this was without getting tired (as I said, there are a lot!).

3 Euro is unbelievable value. We spent a couple of hours there, but you could spend all day.
Written 15 September 2023
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Boris
Liverpool, UK31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Last May I Visited Latvia with a bunch of friends to explore its history and when i tell you that this museums one of the best it is has lots of history epically during the soviet era
Written 20 April 2023
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trip-radar
Rhodes Town, Greece779 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
This museum gives s lot of interesting information regarding ancient or recent Latvian history and culture. It is worth a visit
Written 19 May 2022
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WindsorP
Dublin, Ireland264 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Not the easiest place to find,as the entrance is nondescript,but well worth looking for.There is an exhibition running at present (until May 2021) called "Latvia's Century",and is the story of Latvia's people and land from the first world war,through occupation,and eventually independence,and modern Latvia.Very well thought out and informative exhibition.This museum is a great introduction to the hiostory of Latvia,and is well worth a visit.
Written 23 February 2020
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PaKn
Tampere, Finland58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
The Museum marks the re-emergence of national history in the country and though the exhibitions being a bit unpolished so far the staff try to help you with your tour. The museum is central but the building is a bit hard to find - the prices are very affordable. Most texts appear to be in english and you can get a complete picture of the country's history. There are no multimedia shows but for a friend of history the information is accessible. The history of Latvia is so long and dramatic and dominating that it's worth familiarising yourself with the past of the locals and the latent nationalism - it may help you understand the present day. I recommend you spend at least one hour just out of respect.
Written 20 December 2019
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AlexandraK51
Moscow, Russia131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
The main benefit of the museum is that it is permitted to touch some exhibits, they are marketed with a special sign. For example, to try an ink pen, to look through a magazine from the 80's, to play Minesweeper on an old personal computer. It is worth visiting to get a deeper insight in history of the country and learn interesting facts about different epochs.
Written 9 November 2019
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