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Latvian War Museum (Latvijas Kara muzejs)

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Address: Smilsu iela 20, Riga 1868, Latvia
Phone Number: 722 81 47
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Overall good museum

Nice they had English language guidebooks... And it's free! Nice overview of a Latvian history and especially the conflicts over centuries.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Clare, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Nice they had English language guidebooks... And it's free! Nice overview of a Latvian history and especially the conflicts over centuries.

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Groningen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

There is a lot too see in this museum. Start with the middle ages and see how Latvian people lived before there were Christianized. The convert to Christianism did not go without a lot of violence, remember these were our middle ages, like Islam has them in the present time. Maps, dioramas, models of war equipment give a good impression... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

It was nice that entering museum don't cost you anything. Place is BIG and history of Latvia is bigger. They have be occupied or been in war over thousand years.. How ever, they could have more english language texts there. All text where in Latvian and only time to time you could find cards with english explanation...

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Moschato, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

A well organised museum with intersting exhibits in the center of Riga's Old Town. One can see there weapons, tools, clothes, documents, daily routine of people of the wars in which Latvia's participated. Although, everything's written in Latvian and people who are working there do not speak English, at least those with whom we tried to communicate. There are lockers... More 

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Southport, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

•The Powder Tower in Smilsu iela, one of the fortification towers, was originally built in 1330 and rebuilt several times. It was used to store gunpowder in the 17th century and is now part of the Latvian War Museum which is very impressive in terms of the layout and the information. The focus is on the military and political history... More 

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Santa Elena Province, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

There is a nice exhibition about historical point of view of the succesive wars were Latvia has been involved, with recreations and some vindicative statements.

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

It is a great museum, but with a sad and horrible history. Read up on the occupation time, the day the SS collected Jews from their homes, just to get them killed. There are pictures, notes, and history on the walls.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Starting with the good points, the overall layout was good and there were different rooms covering different eras and it was free which is always a bonus. However it felt like each room was designed by a different person. It felt all over the place. The English guide books varied in each room, from a very long essay with no... More 

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Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Very interesting museum with a very good scenography ! But...the guide wasn't very welcoming ! The velocity was very high and we hadn't the time to understand the content ! However, the employee's of the little shop were very sympathic !

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Outside it is a very interesting building and of course you want to go in. However, the rooms and descriptions had zero English except for a naff little laminated leaflet which doesn't refer to any of the displays and just gives you a long story that you could find on the Internet. I would not bother going again.

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Additional Information about Latvian War Museum (Latvijas Kara muzejs)

Address: Smilsu iela 20, Riga 1868, Latvia
Phone Number: 722 81 47
Location: Europe  >  Latvia  >  Riga Region  >  Riga

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