Riga

Sightseeing

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia (1940 - 1991) (Latvijas okupācijas muzejs)

This museum dedicated to the Nazi and Soviet occupations of Latvia is now located in the former US embassy on Raiņa bulvāris.The various exhibits display the atrocities committed against the people of Latvia and the systematic destruction of their nation's sovereignty. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the intolerable living conditions of Siberian labour camps and see firsthand how Latvians managed to keep their spirits up in this frozen wasteland. Exhibits are available in English and Latvian, but you can also take a guided tour of the museum in four languages.

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Open May - September 11:00 - 18:00; October - April 11:00 - 17:00. Admission: donations.

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Over a year ago
Lance Grundy
Great Britain
This is a must-see for anyone visiting the Latvian capital. Located smack-bang in the centre of town, just in front of the House of Blackheads, this grey slab of Soviet concrete sticks out like a sore thumb from the picturesque buildings that surround it.The museum tells the story of the so-called 'Three Occupations of Latvia' when, between the years of 1940 and 1991, Latvia was occupied firstly by the Soviet Union, then Nazi Germany, then the Soviet Union again. The museum’s collection includes photographs, letters, diaries and numerous other personal artefacts and eyewitness accounts that recall the executions, deportations, repression and hardship suffered by the Latvian people under the Soviet and Nazi regimes. Some of the exhibits are in English but you really need either an audio guide or a personal guide to fully appreciate the content. There’s a good museum shop too that sells a wide range of books and DVDs many of which are in English. The staff working throughout the museum are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Anyone who wants to gain even the most superficial understanding of modern day Latvia and its people needs to spend some time here. Oh, and as another reviewer points out below, this museum is free so, if you can afford it, please have the courtesy to leave a donation on your way out.
Over a year ago
Brian
Norway
Very interesting and important museum about a tragic era of Baltic history.The museum is free, so be as kind as to leave a donation at the exit.
Over a year ago
Eric Dobbs
California,
Very unique perspective of Latvian / European history! Highly recommend!!! Eric DobbsSan Diego
Over a year ago
Arquata
Latvia/Lithuania,
Can be interesting to get to know about Latvian culture and history what was undercovered. BUT! Your time in museum will depend on translator who will tell you about everything you see. Don't let it take forever.
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