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Latvian War Museum (Latvijas Kara muzejs)

Smilsu iela 20, Riga 1868, Latvia
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Ranked #48 of 90 Attractions in Riga
Type: History Museums
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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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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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Layer de la Haye, 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 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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