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“Trip marred by surly staff”
Review of Latvian War Museum

Latvian War Museum
Ranked #28 of 223 things to do in Riga
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“Trip marred by surly staff”
Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

We arrived at the war museum by accident at 5pm - it closes at 6pm as we were curtly told by the lady behind the information desk. There are free lockers for storage of coats, bags etc which is a good touch.

The exhibitions are well organised with interesting artefacts, unfortunately all of the information is written in Latvian. Some of the rooms have laminated information sheets in English and others have very big guide books that are frankly quite overwhelming.

Throughout each room, we were followed around very closely by museum staff who watched our every move which was very disconcerting! At 5:30 we noticed that the staff were closing up a lot of the rooms which we took as a not so subtle hint to leave. Not a single member of staff smiled, or were polite in anyway whatsoever.

Overall, the museum itself would have been great if information would have been more easily available in other languages. The bunker is a great touch.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Good museum”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Museum was a good comprehensive history of Latvian related military conflicts. I would have preferred more English.

Visited June 2013
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“Great Museum”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Dont miss this museum. It is completly free and full of interesting exponates from Latvian war times. It could have more informations in english.

Visited February 2014
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“Interesting, best part was the price!”
Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

Now I love a good war museum...for me it is THE best way to understand a culture as war tends to show our strengths and weaknesses as a nation and really lets our character shine through...but good luck trying to get any character out of this place! The displays are interesting with a different war era represented on each floor but the only english is on awkward laminated cards on chains...which for me, give a pro-latvian stance on the war and occupation. Big brother esk vibe is picked up due to the FPP....Fun Prevention Pensioners who curtail enjoyment with their oppressive observations. Overall I enjoyed my time here as i escaped the rain for free and had a fun game dodging the FPP!

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“Take your coat off...”
Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

not the most warm welcome but the history spoke for itself. It had to really! Very little English apart from some laminated cards (if you drop them an old woman guard will death stare you). Talking of old women guards, they are fun police... Smile in the war museum and you have insulted their heritage (apparently). I'll be honest... Some cool stuff if you like war history but there is an oppressive atmosphere. Not for the fun loving learner. Then why ***? ...It's free.

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