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National History Museum of Latvia

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Address: Brivibas bulvaris 32, Riga 1050, Latvia
Phone Number: +371 67221357
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Oasis of peace and quiet

This is a good museum. the zoology section is particularly good. Very well laid out.Some objects are labelled in English as well as Latvian. Nice place to while away a couple of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kathryn S
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Horncastle, England, United Kingdom
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Horncastle, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a good museum. the zoology section is particularly good. Very well laid out.Some objects are labelled in English as well as Latvian. Nice place to while away a couple of hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After some confusion at the start (I was told this was the Natural history museum!), I went through the galleries which were filled with a wealth of information and displays. The exhibits, especially from paleolithic to Medieval, were especially good and well preserved. Further on, entire rooms had been setup true to the period - the 60's room in soviet... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Well worth a visit. Entrance is through a very old set of wooden doors and after paying a modest admission, you are free to browse through 3 floors of artifacts, costumes, arms and associated written descriptions of the evolution of modern day Latvia.

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

I loved 2 things about the museums in Riga - they are all proper museums (objects not computers), and all very quiet, at least in April. This museum had all sorts - objects from the Iron Age, a reconstructed Soviet flat, dummies in national costume. Well worth a look

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

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 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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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 

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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

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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 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 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 

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