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Museum of Decorative Art and Design

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Address: Skarnu 10/20, Riga, Latvia
Phone Number: 67 222235
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Short of excellent due to partial closure

A must-see museum that was filled with amazing textiles,ceramics and woodworks. Unfortunately only half the building was open due to changes being made in the clothing/fashion... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must-see museum that was filled with amazing textiles,ceramics and woodworks. Unfortunately only half the building was open due to changes being made in the clothing/fashion floor and the basement. Ticket prices are low and senior discounts offered but paying full price for half the museum and no gift shop either was a bit much. Waiting for it to open... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Terrible, rude cloakroom attendant! Very stern woman (unsmiling and brusque) demanded our coats and bags, didn't speak English or attempt to even understand our well-articulated questions. Shame, as the exhibits and artworks were wonderful!

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Thank John K
Pristina, Kosovo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

Excellent collection of latvian ceramics currently on display but unfortunately none of the costumes mentioned by other reviewers. Temporary exhibition in the basement is another high quality view of contemporary glass.

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Thank diggadoo
Riga, Latvia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016

If during your stay in Riga you are lucky enough to visit the exhibition of the Russian fashion historian, collector, interior designer, theatrical artist, author of the popular books etc., etc. However, what he brings to Riga is something more than just arts - it is a history of our evolution. The dresses, which have their own stories magnetise and... More 

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Thank Anastasia_Shishkina
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

Apparently there are over 10000 items in the Museum's collection. But where are they? The costumes that featured in previous reviews, weren't to be found either. I do realize that you need to check the website to check the type of exhibits that are on display at the moment, but that didn't account for the lack of what was on... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This newly renovated museum is not only for design freaks, but also for people interested in design from different periods, all up to modern times. It contains exhibitions at several floors, and a huge show room, where a variety of robes where exhibited. Some of the art is part of the art nouveau, which Riga is famous for. The layout... More 

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Thank Torger B
Riga
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Museum is about Latvian design and arts, but best if they use to display various historical dresses from private collections. you can check what is on at the museum through their web page. please note that museum is closed on Monday.

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Thank Aigars S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

The current exhibition includes gala gowns from the 1920s to present day.The pieces were exquisite and (for the most part) the layout was very well designed for chronological viewing. The permanent exhibits upstairs featured works primarily fro Latvian designers. I thought this was an excellent way to showcase the coutry's varied design styles and a really neat way to visually... More 

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Thank JoAnna B
Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Well presented in a restructured church (or convent?) this museum offers interesting and often inventive and beautiful objects, furniture, potteries, tapestries, glassware, etc. A kids workshop on drawing and design provided an amusing background.

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Thank Bernard B
Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We visited this museum occasionally, as there was Museum Night in Riga and we were just walking around the Old Riga. The biggest surprise for us was that there was absolutely no information in any other language except Latvian!! This is incredible for the Museum. Sorry, but we will never visit it again and will recommend our friends not to... More 

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