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The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

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Address: Raina bulvaris 7, Riga 1050, Latvia
Phone Number: 371 67 212 715
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia is an historic educational...

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia is an historic educational institution located in Riga, Latvia. It was established in 1993 to exhibit artifacts, archive documents, and educate the public about the 51-year period in the 20th century when Latvia was successively occupied by the USSR in 1940, then by Nazi Germany in 1941, and then again by the USSR in 1944.

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I rate this attraction as a 4 because I think that it's important to understand the history of Latvia but I highly recommend that you take a tour, which can happen pretty... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I rate this attraction as a 4 because I think that it's important to understand the history of Latvia but I highly recommend that you take a tour, which can happen pretty impromptuly but is probably better prebooked. Luckily we arrived and within 5 minutes had a personalised Enhlysh speaking tour which took 90 minutes and was well worthwhile as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very useful and informative visit. I would recommend it especially for foreigners because many of them can't imagine the horror of the red terror.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum is a sobering expose of the impact of two autocratic and tyrannical regimes on Latvia. It covers the period from 1939 to 1991 and the occupation of Latvia by Nazi Germany and the USSR. The displays and filmed interviews are fascinating and well constructed to tell the story, and the artefacts on show are very sobering. An absolute... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting. Don't visit if you have very young kids as might be a little boring. Worth a visit to understand Latvian history

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although I had some idea about the occupation of Latvia, until it was laid out in photos and news reels and people's testimonies it didn't really hit me. This place had a big impact on me and the realisation of the complete devastation of those years. To show the determination and the endurance of a people despite what they have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The real museum is being refurbished so we went to the temporary one which I believe is not as big. It was worth the visit to find out about the history of Latvia during Russian and German occupation, we learned so much

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had great respect for this museum when it was located where the Latvian Riflemen museum was in Old Riga. Then it was a collection of objects and info that showed you a contemporary history of Latvia that was a range of colours and was complicated and suggesting. Now it's at a different, still central location, non-state funded, and it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are interested in Latvian history then this is the place to go and the museum building is also interesting as it is partly in an old tower. The museum is on several floors, with each floor a different era. The upper floors cover the more recent history such as the Russian occupation. The museum is free and is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is being renovated so is in a temporary location at present, the entrance fee is a donation so a visit won't break the bank either. The exhibits are informative. interesting and give a true insight into the life of the Latvian people. All the short films are available in English or there are English subtitles and each were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I didn't know much about recent Latvian history, so this was a great way to learn. It covers the past 100 years or so of Latvia under the Soviets, Germans, then Soviets again. Lots of reading, but some videos and artifacts, too.

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