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Jewish Museum / Museum Jews in Latvia

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Address: Skolas iela 6, Riga 1010, Latvia
Phone Number:
+371 67 283 484
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The museum "Jews in Latvia" is dedicated to the history of...

The museum "Jews in Latvia" is dedicated to the history of Latvia's Jewish community from the first Jews in the territory of Latvia in the 16th century to the tragic events of Holocaust. The museum's exhibition is housed in three halls in the historical building of former Jewish theatre.

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An incredibly sad, thought-provoking display

Expect strong security when you enter. The free museum itself is on the second floor. There are free audio guides offered as well. We spent a good 1.5 hours here to hear and read... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 20, 2016
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Terre Haute, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this museum during a special appointment and met with their directors in order to discuss Holocaust history as it pertained to a particular Latvian family during WWII. Even though incredibly busy, both of these lovely people took the time to answer all of our questions and help us with our historical search. The exhibits were so informative and... More 

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Malton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Another very good example of what Latvian Jews have had to ordeal throughout their history. You should take time to visit this sobering museum and learn from the mistakes of others.

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1 Thank MisterD25
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

This a must for all people of this world to respect what others went through because of religion and creed. Another country that suffered because of an illiterate few , lets all live in peace for the sake of generations to come ! Entrance is free and you are supplied free an MP3 player , make time to go.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

This museum has a great display of the history of the Jews in Latvia, and their contributions to Latvian society. Unfortunately the history of the Jews in Latvia is overshadowed by the horrors of the Holocaust. And the museum does not shy away from the details of those years. But it is a lovely building, now the Jewish community center,... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

Hidden away almost...with a great story behind it is a greatly preserved synagog. The decorations and paint looks like real new, and it is worth to read the story behind it as well! Worth seeing!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

Expect strong security when you enter. The free museum itself is on the second floor. There are free audio guides offered as well. We spent a good 1.5 hours here to hear and read the very well-researched history of Jews in Latvia. The section on WWII and the Latvian ghetto is just heart-breaking.

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

We highly recommend Ieva Kalceva for a guided tour of "Jewish Riga" that included the forest, the museum, and the Jewish quarter. Ieva (Eva) was knowledgable, efficient, and very nice. Having a car and driver out to the forest made it possible to see a lot in one afternoon. This is a good tour especially for teenagers who are interested... More 

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1 Thank SMFSanFran
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016

We were on a study trip about Jewish history so naturally we were interested in this museum. We visited it after taking a Jewish History Tour in the city itself. It is rather small and simple, but tells the story of Latvian Jews quite well. We were especially pleased with the guide - a very young volunteer from Austria who... More 

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2016

An important museum to visit to get a feel of the total ethnic cleansing that happened in Latvia. An excellent visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

Housed in 3 or 4 rooms we were given mp3 players to go with the numbered exhibits. Years of building a community then wiped out in 3 years. Heartbreaking. We'll planned out but if you're not interested in this sort of thing then a) shame on you and b) you'll get bored quickly.

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