How can anyone in their right mind consider this important museum to the worst period in Latvia's history as terrible? My grandfather and many other Latvians were taken to Siberia and died there or were shot, as my grandfather was! This is one of those most important, informative venues in Riga! This is not a question but a statement of fact!
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.
I have noted your comments; I'm not aware of anybody calling the museum terrible. I have not seen the permanent exhibition - just the temporary one at the former American Embassy. When it comes to architectural aspects ie the so called 'black sarcophagus' one may have different opinions - and many have.
The building is not complete - it was planned with a white extension project on one end, which in my mind would have benefitted the whole structure. Unfortunately, it seems lack of funding has stopped that from being complete.
So in essence, I agree entirely with you on all points; however, the building housing the museum, I still believe to be one of the less successful architectural achievements of Latvia.
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