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Jewish Museum / Museum "Jews in Latvia"

Skolas Street, 6, Riga 1010, Latvia
+371 67 283 484
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Ranked #68 of 92 Attractions in Riga
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: The museum "Jews in Latvia" was established in year 1989 to research, popularize and commemorate the history of Latvia's Jewish community. The... more » Owner description: The museum "Jews in Latvia" was established in year 1989 to research, popularize and commemorate the history of Latvia's Jewish community. The museum's exhibition is housed in three halls in the historical building of former Jewish theatre. « less
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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207 reviews 207 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is not the easiest to find as it is not too well signposted. However, the museum is on the 3rd floor of a very impressive building. It is run by volunteers and there is information in English provided. Gives a good overview of the lives of the Jewish community in Latvia from a historical, political and economic perspective. Explains... More

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

This is a museum that has to be fitted into an afternoon itinerary due to the 12 - 5 opening hours. It was convenient for us as it was only five minutes walk from our hotel on Elizabete Iela. If you are disabled, forget it as it is on the third floor of a building . the stairs are long... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

A small exhibition of the lives of Latvian Jews through some extremely important and turbulent times. Great photos of prominent Jews of the time but there lacks commentary that would provide context. The museum is only open for a short time 12 - 5pm, so you really need to factor it into your itinerary. A must see whilst in Riga.

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Warsaw, Poland
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35 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

it is really sad that museum is open only in 12-17 Pm so You can really need luck to enter in. Also museum is very small with only a few of object in

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Glasgow,UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

I've seen a couple of documentaries in the uk which have covered the atrocities against the jews, particularly during WWII. As others have said there are better museums than this one that cover events. This one however, is bang in the middle of Riga. Yards away from where many of the victims were rounded up and herded onto trucks to... More

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Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

While there are 2 other museums in Riga that deal with the Holocaust and the Jewish population of Latvia, if you only have time to visit one, this is the one you should see. Its three rooms are packed with information on the life and death of the cities and countries Jewish population during WWII. One weak point on the... More

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Houston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

While the museum is small (three rooms), it gives a decent representation of life in the Jewish community in the pre-World War and during WWII years, and the inhumanities suffered by a group of people merely because of their religious beliefs. It is, frankly, an exhibit not designed for small children, as they would be bored. Much of the text... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

As other reviewers have said, many photos and probably more interesting for those who have Jewish roots in Latvia. But the room given over to the holocaust was excellent with some deeply moving exhibits and explanations.

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London
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25 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Latvia was a major centre of Jewish life in Europe, and this museum gives a rich and detailed picture of Jewish life in Latvia from its beginnings to the end of World War II, in 3 rooms. The room on the Holocaust is devastating, but the room that covers the earlier part of the 20th century reveals that anti-semitism had... More

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Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

Interested to know more about Jews and their life in Latvia now and hundred years ago? Come to see the museum. Homepage: http://www.muzeji.lv/en/museums/museum-and-documentation-centre-jews-in-latvia/

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