The best museums in Latvia in 2021

These are the top 20 best museums in Latvia, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2021. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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These are the best museums in Latvia:

  1. Riga Art Nouveau Museum1

    Riga Art Nouveau Museum

    The Riga Art Nouveau Museum is housed in the building where Latvian architect Konstantīns Pēkšēns lived until 1907 that is characterized by its powerful dimensions and expressive silhouette. The ornamental reliefs feature stylized motifs from the local flora and fauna. It has an Art Nouveau spiral s
  2. KGB Building - Museum of the Occupation of Latvia2

    KGB Building - Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

    The KGB Building - Museum of the Occupation of Latvia hosts a permanent exhibition on the history of KGB operations in Latvia during the Soviet occupation. Furthermore, visitors can take guided tours of the basement prison cells in the KGB building.
  3. Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum3

    Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum

    The Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum (The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia) is an open-air museum in Riga. The museum exhibits around 120 historical buildings from all over Latvia, including Riga's region itself, Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Zemgale and Latgale. The buildings in the Latvian Ethnograp
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  5. Riga Zoo4

    Riga Zoo

    Riga Zoo is a city-owned zoo in Riga situated on the shores of Lake Kisezers that houses around 4000 animals of nearly 500 species. Visitors to the Riga Zoo can admire the wild animals, their behavior, as well cuddle and pet some animals that are kept in a traditional Latvian farmstead. In addition
  6. Latvian War Museum5

    Latvian War Museum

    The Latvian War Museum is a military museum in Riga. It was founded in 1916 (then named the Latvian riflemen museum), making it one of the oldest and largest museums in Latvia. The museum wants its visitors to learn about the complex military and political history of the country, focusing on the 20t
  7. Riga Motor Museum6

    Riga Motor Museum

    The Riga Motor Museum is the biggest and the most modern and interactive antique vehicle museum in the Baltic countries. The museum contains over a hundred unique antique vehicles and the collection is constantly expanded with several acquisitions. The exhibition tells stories about the vehicles, th
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  9. Art Museum Riga Bourse7

    Art Museum Riga Bourse

    The Art Museum Riga Bourse is a museum of foreign art in Riga that contains an extensive collection of world art from Ancient Egyptian/Middle eastern art that dates back to 5000 BC to the present. The Oriental Gallery inside the museum boasts a selection of Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Indonesian t
  10. Museum of the Occupation of Latvia8

    Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

    The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia in Riga wants visitors to remember what happened to the country and the people of Latvia during the Soviet and German National Socialist regimes, from 1940-1991 and commemorate all who were unjustly convicted and murdered and remind them of the offences carried
  11. Latvian National Museum Of Art9

    Latvian National Museum Of Art

    The Latvian National Museum of Art is an art museum in Riga that is housed in a building, built in 1905, designed by German architect Wilhelm Neumann. The museum holds a collection of over 52,000 works of art by Baltic and Russian painters and sculptors from both the 19th and 20th century. The colle
  12. Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum10

    Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum

    The Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum is dedicated to the story of the Riga ghetto, the holocaust in Latvia and Jewish life in Latvia before the holocaust. The museum aims to preserve the lessons of the past and help progress to a more kind, bright future. It mostly located outdoors and attem
  13. Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation11

    Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation

    The Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation is housed in the Riga Dom Cathedral and is devoted to the history of the capital of Latvia. The museum holds a collection of objects related to the history of Riga, related to the development from the ancient villages of Riga and the ancient port to t
  14. Žanis Lipke Memorial12

    Žanis Lipke Memorial

    The Žanis Lipke Memorial is devoted to Jānis (Žanis) Lipke, a Latvian rescuer of Jews in Riga during World War. The museum organises temporary exhibitions related to Žanis Lipke and the war.
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    World of Hat Museum

  17. Latvian Railway History Museum14

    Latvian Railway History Museum

    The Latvian Railway History Museum is a railway museum in Riga dedicated to Latvia's railway. The museum holds a collection that reflects the history of the railway, including rolling stock with locomotives, carriages and other railway vehicles. Besides this, the museum has around 20,000 items in it
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    Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine

    Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine features a permanent exhibition that is designed to show visitors the evolution of medicine, how Latvian professor, physician, and surgeon Pauls Stradins wanted to show it. The museum holds a collection of around 200,000 objects of which every year th
  19. Riga Aviation Museum16

    Riga Aviation Museum

  20. Museum "Jews in Latvia"17

    Museum "Jews in Latvia"

    Museum "Jews in Latvia" in Riga is devoted to the history of jews in Latvia. The museum aims to collect and preserve evidence regarding the community of Latvian Jews from the beginning until the present time. The collection of the museum is exhibited in three different sub exhibitions, namely: Jews
  21. Latvian Museum of Pharmacy18

    Latvian Museum of Pharmacy

    The Latvian Museum of Pharmacy (The Pharmacy Museum) aims to show pharmacy as part of medicine throughout history and show its significance in the development of a healthy society. The museum features six exhibition halls, with around 3000 displayed items. The museum has exhibitions themed: 'Pharmac
  22. Mencendorfa Nams19

    Mencendorfa Nams

    The Museum Mencendorfa Nams is a former home of a wealthy 17th century Rigan. The museum has various objects on display and includes original furniture that reflect the history of the house.
  23. Museum of barricades of 199120

    Museum of barricades of 1991

    The Museum of barricades of 1991 (1991 Barricades Museum) is a history museum in Riga dedicated to the dramatic events of 1991 when the Soviet empire started to crumble. The entrance to the museum is decorated with a stone portal that dates back to the first half of the 18th century. During the even

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