The museum provides an in-depth overview of Riga's history from pre-historic times to modern day. All of the exhibit descriptions are in Latvian only but there are handy binders in each room containing English, German and Russian translations of all exhibits (the display cases are numbered making it easy to follow along).
We loved the Column Hall, a spectacular two story room lined with columns together with chandeliers that served as the city's library in the late 1700s. Other displays we enjoyed included artifacts from the ancient guilds (some spectacular silver work) and photos which gave you a sense of the grandeur of Riga before the destruction that took place in WWII. The "navigation" part of the museum is one room containing models of dozens of ships - perhaps the weakest part,
Visiting is definitely worth your while even if you skip most of the exhibits and focus in on the architecture and the silver.
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