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National History Museum of Latvia / Riga Castle

Address: Pils 3, Riga 1050, Latvia
Phone Number: 7223004
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Ranked #67 of 77 Attractions in Riga
Type: Castles, History Museums, Museums
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

A fire during renovations in 2013 have resulted in Riga Castle being clsoed to the public since. It's a shame that more time and effort wasn't put into having this ready for visitors during Riga's time as European city of culture. We weren't even able to see the castle in all its glory due to scaffolding.

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Caloocan, Philippines
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Old town Riga can best be viewed atop the Latvian National Historical Museum at the bank of the Daugava river. One observes the Riga Central Market and its famous Zeppelin Hangers used as a giant fresh produce court- an attraction next to the UNESCO-protected Old Town.On the other side of the view deck, one sees the Latvian National Television building... More

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Munford, Tennessee
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I had only heard the name Riga and had no idea about it. With a little reading,I decided to extend my trip to St.Patersburg to Latvia by overnight train-only for the brave,otherwise fly. The OldTown of Riga runs for blocks and many ways rival Prague its unique architecture. The most stunning building was HOUSE OF BLACKHEADS.bUILD FIRST IN 1344 IT... More

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Wollongong, Australia
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303 reviews 303 reviews
148 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

This is a castle on the banks of River Daugava in Riga, the capital of Latvia. The castle was founded in 1330. This structure was thoroughly rebuilt between 1497 and 1515. Upon the castle's seizure by the Swedes, they constructed spacious annexes in 1641. Its fortifications are amazing and I was impressed. A must see in Riga.

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Gambrills, MD
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50 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

This small museum is one flight up from one of the offices of the President of Latvia. There are several guards pacing outside, but you can just open the front door and go up the stairs, walking past the office with the plaque on the door and continuing up the next flight of stairs to the museum. Inside you will... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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242 reviews 242 reviews
169 attraction reviews
260 helpful votes 260 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

I did not go into the the museum. I just wanted to see the castle. Sadly it is a bit grotty with peeling paint and graffiti on the outside but if you go on the hour, you can see the changing of the guard so worth walking there if you are in Riga..

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Haworth, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

Unlike what a previous reviewer said, we found that there was plenty of info in English in the form of printed overviews in each room (included with entrance fee of 2 lat). Some really interesting photos of Latvia at the end of the 1800s, complete with the artifacts that were pictured (e.g. farming implements, clothing). Also interesting to see when... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

None of the exhibits were translated into English as they were in other museums (occupation museum for instance) and I bought the English guide book which didn't actually give any info on the exhibits only a general overview on each room which was already on printed sheets in each room. A waste of money and time really. The Latvian museum... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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179 reviews 179 reviews
52 attraction reviews
995 helpful votes 995 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2008

The entrance to the Riga Castle doesn't look very inviting, but it's definitely worth a visit. Inside is the fascinating National History museum, 15 rooms filled with traditional art, clothing, and furnishings. Some of the explanatory signs are written in both English and Latvian, and there's even a handful of "feel-stations" for visually-impaired guests. I was especially impressed with the... More

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