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National History Museum of Latvia / Riga Castle

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Address: Pils 3, Riga 1050, Latvia
Phone Number: 7223004
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Everyday life in Latvia through the ages

How Latvian honey production became important. Silver coin stashes from the Middle Ages. The origins of textile patterns. A brief colonial effort in Gambia. And more. Welcoming... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago

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English first
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

How Latvian honey production became important. Silver coin stashes from the Middle Ages. The origins of textile patterns. A brief colonial effort in Gambia. And more. Welcoming staff. Everything was in Latvian; we used the booklets they provided and made it through in an hour. Fascinating history of a beautiful country. It has moved following the castle fire, but was... More 

Thank brianhardesty
Watford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Sadly I had the museum to myself as its current home (whilst the castle is being renovated) is not obvious. However, venturing inside you have a wealth of objects from neolithic times, through culture - models which echo the open-air museum and costumes and jewellry over the ages etc etc - to historical facts that will melt your heart such... More 

Thank Marion M
Southport, England
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350 reviews
190 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 259 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

• Museum of Barricades and Riga Castle were closed for renovation until 2016. Put it down a s a must see next year

1 Thank Billythefish1
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Don't bother, you will get far more value visiting one of the other museums in Riga. We were followed by someone that works there, which wasn't that pleasant. But the main issue was that it was just boring! There wasn't a lot to look at and even less to read, as there was very little English translation. I understand it... More 

Thank Chris W
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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.

2 Thank Nicolak1976
Caloocan, Philippines
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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 

Thank Constante_13
Munford, Tennessee
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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 

2 Thank curious314
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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.

2 Thank Eddie O
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113 reviews
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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 

Thank emilysmom2003
Haworth, New Jersey
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131 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
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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