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“Unique View of 50 Years of Latvian History”

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia
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2-Night Round–Trip Cruise from Riga to Stockholm With City Sightseeing Tours
Ranked #16 of 228 things to do in Riga
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Unique View of 50 Years of Latvian History”
Reviewed September 6, 2011

Housed in a former Soviet built building, Latvians have put together a large collection of artifacts from and descriptions of the 50 years of occupation by the Soviets, then the Germans, then the Soviets between 1940 and 1990. Over 15,000 Latvians were rounded up and sent to Siberia just before the Nazis invaded in 1941. No charge for admission. Well worth seeing this very unusual slice of history. It helps one realize the meaning of independence and freedom.

Two small issues: the exhibits could be laid out more in a chronological manner - sometimes the exhibits seem to repeat points in time. Also, it is on a 2nd floor and there are only fans for cooling, no air conditioning.

Visited August 2011
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

The museum is depressing but ultimately redeeming as it documents the travails of Latvia and Latvians brought about by their unfortunate location between aggressive large States (e.g. Russia, Germany). The story told highlights their resiliency in maintaining their culture and regaining their country/freedom through the numerous twists and turns of their turbulent history.

Visited August 2011
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“A Somber, Sobering Experience”
Reviewed August 23, 2011

This is the only free museum we found in Riga. Most others, even churches, charge 1-4 Lat (USD 2-8) for entrance. However, we made a donation at the door. There are many photos and documents to prove the atrocities that were inflicted on the people of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia during the Russian and German occupations. This went on for 50 years, and Latvia didn't become free from all this tyranny until 1964! There are no windows, which provides a strong part of the setting. It is stark inside and out.

Visited August 2011
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“Interesting and sad”
Reviewed August 21, 2011

This museum is lokated in the old town, near the river. It is free to get in, they ask for a donation, but you don't have to donate if you don't want to. The building has no windows and feels a bit depressing, but it goes well with the theme they have displayed on the inside... Occupation of Latvia through mainly the Russians and the Nazis during WWII. Many have been killed and deported. The Russians have tried to populate the country by sending a lot of Russians there to work and live. If you are visiting only one museum in Riga, this should be it.

Visited August 2011
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“Not to forget”
Reviewed August 18, 2011

Small museum, but interesting nonetheless. It is a must to understand how this strong people suffered during the soviet occupation, while the rest of the world was sleeping.

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