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“Lots to see, but not much English” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Latvian War Museum (Latvijas Kara muzejs)

Latvian War Museum (Latvijas Kara muzejs)
Smilsu iela 20, Riga 1868, Latvia
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Ranked #44 of 79 Attractions in Riga
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“Lots to see, but not much English”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

There is loads of interesting photos, uniforms and other things to see but not much had an English display. You could pick up an English folder for free at the beginning of each room, but it was quite hard reading.
Amazing value though - as it's free! And There are free lockers to lock away coats and bags before going into the exhibits.

Visited February 2014
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Chania Town, Greece
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“More English please”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

It is very nteresting but it needs more information in English..

Also the approach of the history is more than simple..

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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“Great Free museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Lots to see and it's free!
They have now got folders of English explanations in each room that you can borrow, but it would probably take all day if you studied and read everything.
Well worth a visit if you've got the time.

Visited September 2013
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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“Great Glimpse At History Of Latvia”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

We stopped in because the price was right (free) and were surprised to find a very nice museum. Yes the displays are in Latvian but it is still interesting. And some sections had very handy cards on chains that explained everything in English. Mostly in the upper floors.

But be prepared to be followed around by the bored staff who lurked behind us from floor to floor. Double back a few times just to mess with them as I am sure their day could use the excitement. All kidding aside this place is worth a visit. If you are short on time start at the top and go down as the better displays are on the upper floors.

Visited September 2013
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“FREE - gets more interesting the higher up you go”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

As others have said, much of the museum's exhibitions are captioned with Latvian/Russian-language text only, make it difficult for the non-speaker to put into context some of the items on display.

The museum is roughly ordered by reverse-chronology, whereby older artifacts and displays are housed on the bottom couple of floors, whilst 20th/21st century displays are situated closer to the top of the building.

Some items are accompanied by English-language information cards (note: you may need to look quite hard for them), yet this generally only applies to items relating to events during and after roughly the WW2 period. Older artifacts have very little English-language information attached, which is quite bizarre! Perhaps Latvian/Russian speakers are more interested in the deeper history of the area, whilst non-locals may be more interested in events of the 20th century that also involved their *own* country.

Of particular interest to me was the top-floor display of army/navy/airforce uniforms around the world, each name-tagged with the family name of a Latvian-origin serviceman/woman - showing how the Latvian diaspora have emigrated to, and assimilated within, various nations around the world, to the point where they have served faithfully in their "host" country's military, in very large numbers.

Despite some confusion in the lower-levels of this museum, don't give up, it *does* all become a bit clearer, higher up in this magnificent building.

Plus it's FREE of charge :)

Visited February 2013
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