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Latvian War Museum (Latvijas Kara muzejs)

Address: Smilsu iela 20, Riga 1868, Latvia
Phone Number: 722 81 47
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Ranked #44 of 79 Attractions in Riga
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

Set in the beautiful Powder Tower building at the end of Amber Way in the old town, this large museum catalogues Latvia's history of warfare over the centuries with a strong Focus on WWI and WWII. There are extensive and interesting artefacts including Nazi medals, lost soldier's belongings and heavy weaponry. If I'm being critical (and ignorant!) the explanation of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The Latvian War Museum is located in the last remaining tower of Riga's medieval city wall. It was built in the 13th C but destroyed by the Swedes in 1621. The only ancient bits of wall left only come up to about waist height, the rest was all rebuilt by the Swedes in the 17th Century to house gunpowder. There... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The Latvian War Museum is set over 5 floors of the old Powder Tower. Each floor represents a different period of Latvia's military history. A great collection of uniforms, weapons, etc, but probably the best thing is the history lesson you get whilst following the caption boards. A word of warning - don't skip floors or you'll get a stern... More 

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Pelhrimov, Czech Republic
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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Museum mapping soldiers, armies, wars and conflicts throughout Latvian history, each floor offers a different period. Only a few captions in English but on each floor you can borrow English texts with explanations. A must see for someone who is interested in armies and wars, but you should know something about history. Free entrance.

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Decent size Museum with a couple bars beside it. Really wish they more english friendly pieces. The Staff was friendly but since they were older you can tell they were a little intimidated to speak English, but i still would reccommend checking it out.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Located in, and close to, the old Powder Tower the Latvian War Museum is interesting and worthwhile. Each exhibition room has a printed guide available in English. Admission is free and there is an inexpensive cafe in the basement.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I was bitterly disappointed in this Museum. I would have happily wandered around taking in the history however for some reason a female guide decided to follow us from the first room to where ever we went. We are a 30 something couple with an interest in the history of the cities we visit and were looking forward to this... More 

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Paris, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

2 mains problems with this Museum First of all, if the artifacts and the exhibition look great, information is only available in Latvian with a very primitive book guide in English, almost impossible to use. Furthermore, few aspects of Latvian history seem to avoid the responsability of Latvians, especially the one dedicated to Holocaust and the 2 waffen SS divisions.... More 

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Paris, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Having been to many war museums around the world, I was really looking forward to visiting the Latvian War Museum. But what a disappointment! The museum is overall well organized, has several interesting exhibitions with lots of photos and artifacts. The problem is that all the displayed information is written in Latvian. Some texts were translated in English, but not... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is an interesting museum, inside an impressive building. Lots of content on different floors, split into historical time lines. Some english information but again, much can be gleaned from the content and presentation. Too much information for me, and I decided to duck out and just take a seat in one of the halls, whilst hubby, continued his visit... More 

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