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National History Museum of Latvia

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Address: Brivibas bulvaris 32, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Not easy to find but when you have found it is well worth spending an afternoon.

The Museum is reasonably laid out and has much interesting material. Some limitations are that it is somewhat hidden, many of the numbers are small and, as other reviewers have... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

The Museum is reasonably laid out and has much interesting material. Some limitations are that it is somewhat hidden, many of the numbers are small and, as other reviewers have mentioned it lacks support for speakers of languages other than Latvian. The two current special exhibits (the History of Money in the Latvian area and the Jan Palach Story) are... More 

Thank Varonis
Romford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

This museum is tucked away and we managed to walk past it twice. The special exhibition of Latvian mittens proved to be very disappointing as there were only a few items on display, the rest were photographs! However, we continued up (the museum is on the 2nd storey and above) and followed the history of Latvia from prehistoric times to... More 

Thank jane_9758
Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

This is a lovely example of an old-fashion museum with lots of things in cases and not a lot of English support. That being said, there are some fascinating artifacts and I was particularly charmed by the women's costumes. The staff can offer no assistance and it's pretty much catch-as-catch-can. Still, it helps one get an overview of the long... More 

Thank Pen_Princess
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

I simply didn't like it. The museum is to national in my opinion. Consists of 4 floors. With not a lot to see.

Thank 19Ross85
Horncastle, England, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016

This is a good museum. the zoology section is particularly good. Very well laid out.Some objects are labelled in English as well as Latvian. Nice place to while away a couple of hours.

Thank Kathryn S
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Reviewed 16 July 2016

After some confusion at the start (I was told this was the Natural history museum!), I went through the galleries which were filled with a wealth of information and displays. The exhibits, especially from paleolithic to Medieval, were especially good and well preserved. Further on, entire rooms had been setup true to the period - the 60's room in soviet... More 

Thank hyphae
Darwin, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016

Well worth a visit. Entrance is through a very old set of wooden doors and after paying a modest admission, you are free to browse through 3 floors of artifacts, costumes, arms and associated written descriptions of the evolution of modern day Latvia.

Thank paknasi
York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2016

I loved 2 things about the museums in Riga - they are all proper museums (objects not computers), and all very quiet, at least in April. This museum had all sorts - objects from the Iron Age, a reconstructed Soviet flat, dummies in national costume. Well worth a look

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Reviewed 24 November 2015 via mobile

How Latvian honey production became important. Silver coin stashes from the Middle Ages. The origins of textile patterns. A brief colonial effort in Gambia. And more. Welcoming staff. Everything was in Latvian; we used the booklets they provided and made it through in an hour. Fascinating history of a beautiful country. It has moved following the castle fire, but was... More 

1 Thank brianhardesty
Watford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 September 2015

Sadly I had the museum to myself as its current home (whilst the castle is being renovated) is not obvious. However, venturing inside you have a wealth of objects from neolithic times, through culture - models which echo the open-air museum and costumes and jewellry over the ages etc etc - to historical facts that will melt your heart such... More 

2 Thank Marion M

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