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“One of the most interesting Riga museums”

Museum of Riga's History and Navigation
Ranked #35 of 310 things to do in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

The next best choice to learn history of Riga. First naturally is a professional tourist guide. Unique objects. Besides, if you are lucky, sometimes this museum is used as a concert hall. I would say a must. Especially, if you have kids.

1  Thank Diana Z
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

The Museum his hidden away. However, as it is in the City Centre, it is easy to get too. Its definitely worth seeking out, as its got a great collection of ship models and other exhibits. Truly a hidden gem.

1  Thank Robert W
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Reviewed 24 June 2014 via mobile

This is a great place for a visit on a cold or rainy day. The exhibits are well done and very organized from pre-historic through modern times. Just a word of caution that not many of the exhibits are in English, but there are English language written guides in almost all of the rooms.
There are some real treasures and interesting articles in here, and a couple of the rooms are very architecturally impressive in their own right.
If you're interested in Latvian/Baltic history, the written guides have a lot of detail.

2  Thank Madison W
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

It was looking like rain, so we headed inside. It was dry. No Kidding. Dry, Dry, Dry. And stultifying. Really, really hard work. It's 4.27 euros to get into this museum and I was looking forward to an introduction to Riga to set me up for the next day.. plus as a sailor I was interested in the navigation piece too.

Very few of the information boards are in English (I get it, this is not England), but there are - in most rooms - a printed, laminated sheet with details in English. This is one of the oldest museums in Europe, started as a private collection in the 1700's, but boy is it dry. And lots and lots of artifacts does not make an interesting museum. There is nothing interactive, just glass display cabinet upon glass display cabinet, with no story or timeline to connect the dots.

The column room is glorious, originally built specifically to house books for the city library of the day, it is beautiful, really stunning, and makes you want to don a ballgown and find someone to play the grand piano in there.

The layout could be better, in the room covering 1918 onwards (I must have missed 1900-1918, just couldn't find it at all), you walk the length of the room, and then turn back and walk back to the beginning of the room, only to retrace your steps to go onto the next area..

Finally, the navigation area. Seriously disappointing. Lots of models of sailing ships, ocean going tankers and, well, that's about it. No English. And No English booklet either. Disappointing.

The building the museum is housed in really is spectacular. Take a photo of the outside and move on past.

1  Thank ASocialNomad
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

The museum does the usual introduction that they all do around here - first few exhibits is stones and flints. Give that a miss and get straight into the early periods of Riga as a trading port and it evolves nicely from there. Great explanations and the ground floor Hall of Columns (?) is an absolute baroque treat. Well worth the visit. The staff have no English but there is plenty of storyboards and pick up guides in each room. The accompanying Navigation museum is really a bonus with some good models but not really worth much time unless you're a buff.

3  Thank Scot B
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