Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum

Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum

Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum
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  • Avux99
    Cheshire, United Kingdom599 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Riga Ghetto Museum
    Museum is free but I was persuaded to buy a ticket as a ‘souvenir’ for 5 euro which I happily did. It’s always a coin toss whether too many information boards are provided at these places (after all, you could just stay at home & read about it) so for me, it’s the other stuff that really makes a museum. Here we had an old wooden house removed from the old Riga ghetto lock stock & barrel and then rebuilt here & presented as it would have been in 1941. Albeit with beds only for a few people. In the ghetto, 30 people lived in this house. Had a good conversation with the guy at the entrance point about the overall situation with Jews in Latvia both then & now. Surprised that the old ghetto buildings are mainly still standing & haven’t been demolished so if you want to walk around the streets of the ghetto about a mile or so away from this place you still can do. If you stand on the crossing of Ludzas iela & Mazā Kalna iela you are in the centre of the old ghetto. Unfortunately I was pushed for time so couldn’t fit this into my itinerary instead checking google maps for a then & now comparison.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 4, 2023
  • KellyLS144
    Nottingham, United Kingdom23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic museum
    This museum is FREE and works on donation only. Considering this fact it is absolutely amazing! The staff are extremely kind and friendly, and knowledgeable. We were told that next year they are undergoing modernisation with more digital information! The reconstructed ghetto flat was fascinating and not something I had ever seen before. The information about the UK and other countries unwillingness to help the Jews was eye opening. A must visit for sure.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Jerrold L
    Toronto, Canada58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place to learn about the Holocaust in Latvia
    This museum is located in the Riga Ghetto area. It presents a comprehensive view of how the Holocaust unfolded in Riga, and of the Holocaust in general. It is worth a visit for those interested in the Jewish history of Latvia. Entry is free, but a small donation is appropriate.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 20, 2023
  • leescordis
    Colchester, United Kingdom92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see and free
    Hidden outside of Old Town, thus free museum is incredibly moving, despite being funded on a shoestring. No staff when I attended but I ended up spending 45 minutes here. An interesting history of anti semitism in Africa as well as the Baltic. Even the train us harrowing
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 21, 2023
  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada3,696 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Needs fewer info boards and more artefacts.
    Initially, I found the museum setup a bit of a mishmash. However, that was my own fault because I entered from the back entrance instead of the front entrance. Extensive road construction also added a major challenge to getting there at all. For me, this museum really emphasised what an integral part Jewish life had once been in Latvian society. There was the rail car, representative of the rail car used to transport Jewish people to Germany and their ultimate death. There was also a small ghetto house that at one point accommodated 30 Jewish prisoners. However, with this museum, what stayed with me the most was the beautiful artwork depicting everyday life of the Jewish people. I’ve not seen this kind of artwork in any other Holocaust Museum. Information boards were plentiful - would have taken me the whole day to read all of them. A few more artefacts might have been in order, as well. One glaring omission was any reference to Latvian collaborators during WW2. The Butcher of Latvia a.k.a. the Hangman of Riga a.k.a. Herberts Cukurs comes to mind. Nevertheless, I truly appreciated the beautiful art work that reflected how integrated Jewish life had once been in Latvia as a whole. Admission by donation.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Rob D
    Kendal, United Kingdom103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredibly moving
    Very well done, deeply moving, displays so carefully curated and thoughtful. Our 8yr old was able to access many elements and left with lots of questions. Friendly staff who were so keen to talk and explain the area.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 27, 2023
  • TheShis
    Tel Aviv, Israel39,614 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An important museum.
    This is a fascinating and important museum, which is free to visit. It tells the sad story of the Jews of Latvia and the Riga ghetto during WWII. You need 30-60 minutes to fully explore the various exhibits.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2023
  • Jessica A
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moving museum
    Interesting and moving collection about the holocaust. Very friendly staff and information available in multiple languages. Admission via donation. Slightly mismatched way around the exhibits but worth a look.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 28, 2024
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Avux99
Cheshire, UK599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Museum is free but I was persuaded to buy a ticket as a ‘souvenir’ for 5 euro which I happily did. It’s always a coin toss whether too many information boards are provided at these places (after all, you could just stay at home & read about it) so for me, it’s the other stuff that really makes a museum. Here we had an old wooden house removed from the old Riga ghetto lock stock & barrel and then rebuilt here & presented as it would have been in 1941. Albeit with beds only for a few people. In the ghetto, 30 people lived in this house. Had a good conversation with the guy at the entrance point about the overall situation with Jews in Latvia both then & now. Surprised that the old ghetto buildings are mainly still standing & haven’t been demolished so if you want to walk around the streets of the ghetto about a mile or so away from this place you still can do. If you stand on the crossing of Ludzas iela & Mazā Kalna iela you are in the centre of the old ghetto. Unfortunately I was pushed for time so couldn’t fit this into my itinerary instead checking google maps for a then & now comparison.
Written May 4, 2023
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Jun Jacinto
New York City, NY1,475 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
We have no plans to visit the place but fortunately found this little museum that reminds of how painful the things happened then. Just right to see it folks.
You’ll see a train car used to transport, a sobering reminder of so many unfavorable experiences.
Written January 2, 2020
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Hales_78
London, UK9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This museum did not fulfil my expectations. The information felt random and disjointed. It did not give me any indication of what life was like for Jewish people living Riga.

I also found the customer service very odd. As I entered the gate, an old man banged on the glass from inside a doorway. I entered, he did not speak, merely gave me a sheet of paper. I did not know (then) this museum was donation based. I asked the man how much, he merely held up his hands indicating 10 so I paid 10€. I tried to ask some more info and he did not speak, so I assumed he did not speak English. It wasn't until I was walking around, looking at the sheet given to me that I saw the fee was donation based. So it was very unprofessional to tell me it was 10€. Although I don't begrudge paying a fee, 10€ was too much, based on my experience here. I especially didn't appreciate being lied to.
Written March 10, 2024
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WindsorP
Dublin, Ireland266 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
While most people know about the Warsaw Ghetto,not as much is known in general about the Ghettos in places like Riga and Vilnius,so this place is needed to inform and educate about what happened here.There was a thriving Jewish community in Riga prior to WW2,and it was decimated along with the places of worship during the Nazi occupation.Like all remnants of the Holocaust,it is a sobering and moving place to visit.There is no entrance fee,but do leave a donation.
Lest we forget.
Written February 23, 2020
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StuartM1982
Starachowice, Poland83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Well-worth a visit, especially since entrance is free (although please leave a donation in one of the boxes if you can). There is a lot to see including a number of moving exhibitions. The people who have put together the site have clearly put a lot of time and effort into it, and it certainly does make an impact both in the individual stories it tells and the sheer scale of the Holocaust. A moving experience - thank you.
Written February 4, 2020
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Fran R
181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Best done when the weather is fine as most of this is outside, and good mobility due to the cobbles.
Lots to read and information to look at, the ghetto house was for me the most interesting exhibit and it was hard to imagine 30 people living in there during those horrendous times.
I only really knew about ghettos and Nazi occupation from Hollywood and films. Seeing how they had to endure life first hand and reading about "real" individuals existing there made it all the more painful to digest.
This is surprisingly a free museum but there are plenty of donation boxes and if you can please donate to preserve this museum.
Written June 3, 2022
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,696 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Initially, I found the museum setup a bit of a mishmash. However, that was my own fault because I entered from the back entrance instead of the front entrance. Extensive road construction also added a major challenge to getting there at all.

For me, this museum really emphasised what an integral part Jewish life had once been in Latvian society.

There was the rail car, representative of the rail car used to transport Jewish people to Germany and their ultimate death. There was also a small ghetto house that at one point accommodated 30 Jewish prisoners.

However, with this museum, what stayed with me the most was the beautiful artwork depicting everyday life of the Jewish people. I’ve not seen this kind of artwork in any other Holocaust Museum.

Information boards were plentiful - would have taken me the whole day to read all of them. A few more artefacts might have been in order, as well.

One glaring omission was any reference to Latvian collaborators during WW2. The Butcher of Latvia a.k.a. the Hangman of Riga a.k.a. Herberts Cukurs comes to mind.

Nevertheless, I truly appreciated the beautiful art work that reflected how integrated Jewish life had once been in Latvia as a whole.

Admission by donation.
Written October 25, 2023
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Aisling B
Bedford, UK14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We walked a long way from our hotel to visit this place. When we got there, there was no clear signposting about where to go or what to do. We did see a donation box so presumed you just chose to put a donation in the box towards the running of it, which I would normally be very happy to do. Whilst we were exploring, we were approached by a staff member/security guard who said ‘Nationality!’ We presumed he didn’t speak good English and was not intending to be rude, but as we engaged in conversation, found that he spoke excellent English, but was just very rude!! I am still not sure why exactly he was so rude and did not make plain what we were supposed to have done, or why we offended him so. I chose to leave as a result and opted not to leave a donation. I recommend clear signage is added to aid visitors and for entrance to be manned if there is a protocol that is supposed to be followed by visitors.
Written January 26, 2023
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Keith
Church Crookham, UK2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
Didn’t know Riga/Latvia from this perspective (or any other before my visit to be honest) - not too much to see, but definitely worth a visit, only a short walk from the Old Town. At a rough calc, some 60,000 names listed plus reference to another 30,000 shipped in from across Europe. I went when it was cold, snowy which maybe added to the atmosphere.
free to visit with donations invited
Written November 29, 2021
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Rob D
Kendal, UK103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Very well done, deeply moving, displays so carefully curated and thoughtful. Our 8yr old was able to access many elements and left with lots of questions. Friendly staff who were so keen to talk and explain the area.
Written October 27, 2023
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