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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...more
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Well worth a visit but confronting to see once again how bad people can be to other humans. Have we improved? The exhibition is very well done and when it moves back
to the new building I am sure it will be better
This is a must museum if you want to understand not only Latvia's past history but the present challenges they face as an independent country. Every period is well explained with maps, pictures and charts. They don't have too much space so it feels a...More
This museum is in its temporary location while the main building is being updated. Make sure you know where you going: google maps show both locations. The temporary location is next to a park along the small river.
The museum has many screens with documentaries...More
This museum is temporarily housed in the old KGB building and we felt it would be better to stay there than in the ugly modern construction in the main square currently being erected - but I suppose it's a matter of taste! The staff are...More
This museum has been temporarily relocated to the former American Embassy, while the original building is been renovated. The exhibits consist of poster boards with photos and text covering every aspect of the German and Russian occupations, and filming from these times can also be...More
This museum offers a comprehensive examination of the hardships experienced by Latvia during occupations by the Soviets and then the Germans and then the Soviets again. The staff is well-informed and eager to answer questions. Their answers are thoughtful and comprehensive. After a visit here...More
This museum is in temporary quarters in the former US Embassy. We dutifully read all the exhibits. There were a few movie clips but dominated by tour guides and their groups. We had taken a tour about Soviet occupation in Vilnius and this was nearly...More
When we arrived the museum, it was closed with high fences around and we were disappointed. After asking around then we realised the museum is renovated and the display has been temporarily moved to somewhere else. It is now located near the American Embassy.
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The Soviet building housing the original part of the museum is esthetically and technically terrible, and plans for the expansion are still not complete. The building is also terrible in the sense that it reminds the... More
The Soviet building housing the original part of the museum is esthetically and technically terrible, and plans for the expansion are still not complete. The building is also terrible in the sense that it reminds the visitor of the horrors of the Soviet occupation.
I said in my assessment of the museum that it is the most informative venue of the terrible fate of the Latvian people. The quality of the museum is beyond reproach. By the way, did you visit the so-called Corner House (Stu'ra ma'ja) which contains the Cheka's cells? It is terrible in the sense that the atrocities committed there were terrible. The exhibits are among the most informative in the entire world. By the way, I am of Latvian ancestry myself with near-native fluency in the language.