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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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11:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Will be better when back in its permanent home

It's hard to taste this museum as when we visited it was in temporary accommodation as the permanent building was being renovated, so we didn't get the full experience. Still... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 July 2015
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Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

This a great museum for the history buff traveler! Not only is this a great museum, but it is free, accepting donations of any size. This a great inexpensive way to learn about Riga and Latvia's history.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

The museum is a donation entrance, and the staff are friendly and speak a range of languages. Once you are in, you are led up stair to the main museum area. Unfortunately, there is little to look at and lots to read. There are a few flags, and bits of graffoto remastered, but it is a walking and reading tour... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

If a tourist wonders, while visiting the cathedral of Riga, St. Peter's Church, the Blackheads House, actually the entire medieval city -- all built by German crusaders and their descendants -- about the fate of the Latvian people, let him/her walk to the Freedom Monument just outside the old city. This structure was constructed by Latvians in the 1930's during... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015 via mobile

It's hard to taste this museum as when we visited it was in temporary accommodation as the permanent building was being renovated, so we didn't get the full experience. Still, what we did see was interesting and informative, if very heavy on text, with information in English as well as Latvian. There is a short film to watch at the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015

This is a must visit for those who want to understand the history of Latvia during the Soviet era. It is free of charge, one can give a donation. Closed Mondays.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

I thought I knew what the 50+ years of Nazi and Soviet occupations were like, both from reading and from relatives who escaped Latvia near the end of WWII. I didn't. This museum provides an informative, detailed view of the first Soviet occupation, followed by several years of Nazi rule, then the long, grey, hopeless years of the second Soviet... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

This is a small museum. However, it is very powerful and provides detailed information on the period from 1940 through 1992 when Latvia was occupied by the Soviets and Nazis. Given that it's free, and on the main square, there is really no reason why a tourist shouldn't visit for an hour. It gives a lot of insight into the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015

A few of us decided to visit this museum to find out what happened during Russian and German occupancy. It was small, but very informative. I was moved to tears by some of the video plays showing how the people suffered under both regimes. the atrocities they had to endure was unbelievable. It makes one wonder how one human being... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015 via mobile

Some of the exhibitions were so detailed that you felt you were in Latvia in1941. Such an interesting museum and really well run. Some great pieces there. But not big sk won't take long to wonder around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015 via mobile

A very touching and interesting expose over the horrible times the Latvians have been through. I think this is an important museum to make us all never forget and keep on telling the stories we must never see repeated. Also, this gives you a lot of respect for the Latvian people who have fought so hard for their independence.

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