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“The spectacular Column Hall is alone worth the visit”

Museum of Riga's History and Navigation
Ranked #37 of 300 things to do in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

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.

3  Thank John B
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

A very interesting museum with artifacts from prehistoric times to the 20th century. Weapons and uniforms on display. The little cafe situated in the round tower was very interesting. The archaeology displays with the jewelry and brooches tell their story well without the need for words.The section on Latvia's involvement in the second world war was very informative.

2  Thank blondemushroom
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Reviewed 19 October 2012

A nice homey museum of Riga's history.
Friendly staff, speaking languages, including English, always ready to help and to tell about the exhibitions. None of the poor experiences of the other reviewer.
The museum tells the history of Riga, and even if you speak no language at all the artifacts tell their story nicely. Well planned, well maintained, conveniently located by the Dome Cathedral.
The legend of the first Christmas tree is worth special mentioning.
well recommended.

1  Thank David_Kirmayer
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

The only reason for giving it one dot in the rating is that the system will not let me give zero dots. Absolutely waste of time, poorly if at all described in English, unfriendly staff that noisily chats to collegues without the will to help guests that struggle to understand what the museum wants to tell. The exhibition has not been modernized in decades, but they still charge you 3lt for it. So unless you come extremely well prepared on Latvian and Riga history, this place does nothing for you. So go spend the money and your time on a cup of coffee.

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