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Latvian War Museum (Latvijas Kara muzejs)

Smilsu iela 20, Riga 1868, Latvia
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Ranked #35 of 81 attractions in Riga
Type: History Museums
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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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Lots to see over a number of floors. Well presented artifacts from the Latvian WW1 experience. Also nice basement cafe too. Free admission as well. Not much in English but you can arrange an English speaking guide if you wish.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Free lockers as you come in.. free to enter and floor upon floor of well presented history. Most of the exhibits are only in Latvian, but there are printed booklets in most rooms explaining what you're seeing. Well worth a trip.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Fascinating review of Latvia's history in 20th century and before. Very comprehensive and interesting.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We arrived at the war museum by accident at 5pm - it closes at 6pm as we were curtly told by the lady behind the information desk. There are free lockers for storage of coats, bags etc which is a good touch. The exhibitions are well organised with interesting artefacts, unfortunately all of the information is written in Latvian. Some... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Museum was a good comprehensive history of Latvian related military conflicts. I would have preferred more English.

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St Neots, Cambs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The museum is attached to the powder tower, which has an interesting history of it's own. There are five floors of very interesting exhibits which are mundane at the bottom floor and get better as you proceed to the top. There is a lift to every level so disabled access is easy. With the exception of one woman member of... More

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Pilsen, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Dont miss this museum. It is completly free and full of interesting exponates from Latvian war times. It could have more informations in english.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Now I love a good war museum...for me it is THE best way to understand a culture as war tends to show our strengths and weaknesses as a nation and really lets our character shine through...but good luck trying to get any character out of this place! The displays are interesting with a different war era represented on each floor... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

not the most warm welcome but the history spoke for itself. It had to really! Very little English apart from some laminated cards (if you drop them an old woman guard will death stare you). Talking of old women guards, they are fun police... Smile in the war museum and you have insulted their heritage (apparently). I'll be honest... Some... More

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