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The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

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Address: Raina bulvaris 7, Riga 1050, Latvia
Phone Number: +371 67 212 715
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The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia is an historic educational...

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia is an historic educational institution located in Riga, Latvia. It was established in 1993 to exhibit artifacts, archive documents, and educate the public about the 51-year period in the 20th century when Latvia was successively occupied by the USSR in 1940, then by Nazi Germany in 1941, and then again by the USSR in 1944.

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It is only 25 years or so since this fledgling state emerged. The museum gives a harrowing insight into the previous fifty. Worth going.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 July 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

It is only 25 years or so since this fledgling state emerged. The museum gives a harrowing insight into the previous fifty. Worth going.

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Tallinn, Estonia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

A step-up from the similarly named museum in neighbouring capital Tallinn, the Occupation Museum in Riga tells a Latvian, Baltic and Eastern European story that most tourists never hear. It provides a cracked and dirty window onto the humbling fate of the nation, primarily under Nazi rule and Soviet annexation. It's not a barrel of laughs, by any stretch of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015

One museum worth your time to visit. It gives a comprehensive overview of Latvian history and what the people have experienced through the telling of personal stories. We need to take notice of these stories and facts, of the ethnic division in the country and what is happening now in other countries close by. A very thought provoking and moving... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015 via mobile

Mice building located near the Town Hall Square. However, the museum is only half of the building - so it is really small... Entry is free and the exhbit itself consists mainly of pictures, not all of them have english explanation. Worth a quick visit to judge if its of any interest, bit not a "must-see" as many people say... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

It was our first time in Riga and Latvia and had no idea what this nation had been through until we visited this museum. It is not a massive place but gives you all the info you need to really appreciate the recent history of this country. You cannot visit Riga without visiting here. Entry is by donation (amount of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

Eye opening, the persecution the deportation, amongst other autrosaties by both the Russians and the Germans, the Latvians and other Baltic states had to endure is not taught to us in our history classes. Met an Elder American Latvian lady there who was showing her grandson what had happend to his great grandfather, while Latvia was under Russian occupation. After... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

Fascinating! I don't normally choose to spend time in museums when I only have a few days somewhere, but this was well worth it and very interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2015 via mobile

The museum of the occupation of Latvia starts with the Hitler-Stalin pact, and covers the Holocaust and the German occupation, as well as the Soviet occupation until 1991, when Latvia became a free country again. I almost didn't know any of this, and it is a very important museum to understand the recent history of Latvia, and to get a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015

father son program; suck in the harsh realities of soviet relentless efforts to eliminate a people and its culture. go slow, digest, think, act.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015

This exhibition is simple but effective. We didn't realise that not only has this nation been occupied by the Russians then the Nazis then the Russians again but many of their people have been moved to other parts of the Soviet Empire by Stalin or been shot as Latvian Jews by Hitler. Despite all this they are a gentle people,... More 

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