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The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

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Address: Raina bulvaris 7, Riga 1050, Latvia
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+371 67 212 715
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11:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia is an historic educational...

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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Best "occupations" museum in Baltic stated

Touring the Baltics we went to several occupation museums. The one in Riga was most accessible on several levels. For English speakers, a short film easily explains political... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 September 2015
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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

This museum provides a ton of information on the occupation of Latvia by the Soviets and the Nazis throughout the 20th Century, as well as photos, objects, and records that help give some insight into the Latvian experience during occupation. It's not a huge or super impressive building, but I found it quite moving. Also, entrance is free, so there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

Brilliant museum highlighting the 50-plus years Latvia was under occupation. Exhibits are really interesting and full of personal anecdotes which really bring to life what happened during this time. Section on the Berlin Wall was really unexpected but very interesting. Definitely a must for anyone visiting Riga.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

Touring the Baltics we went to several occupation museums. The one in Riga was most accessible on several levels. For English speakers, a short film easily explains political history in Latvia - an added blessing for the vision challenged. And other exhibits put evoke ongoing tragedy without excess reading or nightmares. Very well done.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

Interesting to get the history of the country, though more an adult thing than for families. Staff are very knowledgeable.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

I was impressed by the exhibits and use of video etc. The museum is very visual and includes a lot of interesting information without being repetitive/ overly detailed. Definitely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

This museum is harrowing and difficult, but very well done. It covers the brutalities of Soviet and Nazi rule. So important to learn about. If you are visiting Riga and only go to one museum, this should be it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

The museum is situated in the Old Town and is free to enter. It catalogues the history if Latvia's occupation by foreign powers through history. I'm not particularly a museum person, but I found it really interesting. It's very informative without being too big and it gives a real sense if how Latvia's identity evolved. Thoroughly recommend it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

This museum offered a refresher course in Latvian history that you may have missed in childhood. Although heartbreaking, this sort of history is important to discuss and learn about. It made me want to talk with Latvians and learn their opinion and outlook.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015

This museum in the old town of Riga - which has been visited by among others the Queen Elizabeth, Angela Merkel and many, many other notables - tells the sad and horrible story of the latvian people and its fate during the occupation by as well the Soviets as nazi Germany. Latvia was occupied by the Soviets from 1940 until... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia was established in 1993 to exhibit artifacts, archive documents, and educate people about the 51-year period in the 20th century when Latvia was occupied by the russians. Important to visit for foreigners and even for young people in Latvia who (surprisingly often) does not know the history of their own country.

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