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“Good permanent collection housed in an impressive gallery.”

Latvian National Museum Of Art
Ranked #30 of 225 things to do in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The main building of the Latvian National Museum of Art in Krišjāņa Valdemāra Street is one of the most impressive in the Park and Boulevard Circle area of Riga.The Latvian National Museum of Art is the largest depository of professional art in Latvia.
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“Good permanent collection housed in an impressive gallery.”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We really enjoyed the film biography about Latvian avant-garde artist and photographer Gustav Klutsis.

Visited October 2012
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“Cultural shock”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Building is wonderful, collection is massive and reflecting different periods.

I believe then its down to personal taste, I founded this to be a depressing museum, art in soviet time was only used for propaganda so was that really art? Most of the paintings for other era are dark, and gloomy in the style and subjects.

Still go for the experience it is still a good way to discover the history and culture of the country.

Visited September 2012
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“Lovely building”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

A nice museum with a limited displaywhich apparently is house in a beautiful red brick building. The entrance fee was 3 lat if I remember well.

Visited August 2012
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“Wonderful museum!”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

Very interesting exhibition of baltic and latvian art from different years - great pictures! Well worth a visit.

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“Best place to see the history of Latvian art”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

The museum sits on one of the grand, wide boulevards in Riga, and is an imposing building from 1905. The charm of it inside is that it's not altered much from those days, but is badly in need of refurbishment: tiny, old-fashioned washrooms; an improvised gift shop set up in the entryway; no cafeteria; not good facilities for people in wheelchairs. As you walk through the rooms, there are noticeable cracks and stains on the walls and ceilings. However, a new addition is supposed to be built in the next several years, and it will be mostly underground reaching behind the museum into the park there.

The range of art, though, is impressive: here you will get a good sense of how Latvian painters and sculptiors were in tune with western European art movements during the first half of the 20th century up until World War Two. Probably none of the artists' names (except Gustav Klucis) are known to visitors from western Europe or North America, but all the styles are here: Impressionism; Cubism; Art Nouveau, etc. Look out for the works of Latvia's most famous painters: Vilhelms Purvitis and Janis Rozentals. There's a room or two devoted to the unusual Karlis Padegs, and you can see his odd-looking bronze statue elsewhere in town on the edge of Vermanes Gardens.

Visited August 2012
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