Latvian War Museum
Latvian War Museum
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Brittany_11_10
    Los Angeles, California1,731 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot of war history
    This free museum provides a lot of interesting history to those who like reading (sometimes quite wordy) placards, and some of the weapons and the like were neat. We could have spent more time here and learned quite a bit, but unfortunately, the children's area (that we had read about beforehand) was closed due to Covid... Still? It's 2023... Kind of a bummer. The woman working the front desk was very nice and helpful, though.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 September 2023
  • leescordis
    Colchester, United Kingdom103 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good rundown of war in Latvia
    Free to enter and gives a good rundown of wars since the 1600s, including the Swedish wars. The largest room is on WW1 and covers how the war eventually led to independence. Not much on ww2 sadly.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Ivar T
    127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The museum gives a good introduction Latvia's history seen through their wars
    A very good museum to visit if you are interested in history seen through the times of war. The last 1.000 years+ are well described. Not too much - not too little. My main frustration was poor descriptions in other languages than Latvian. The museum would be really a lot more interesting if they had their descriptions translated into other languages. Eventually, as audio guides or via smartphones and qr-codes.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Ida Heiseldal
    Fredrikstad, Norway71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An informative museum, with its heart in the right place
    I happened to stumble upon this gem of a museum on my last full day in Riga, and I am so grateful that I did. The first thing that "greeted" me upon my entrance, was a worn down, bombed out vehicle, which on my very first notice looked like something archaic from the world wars or, at most recent, the cold war. However, after a few seconds, it became apparent that it was destroyed mere months ago in the battles of Bakhmut, Ukraine. And so begins the entrance to this incredibly informative war museum. The history that is depicted in this museum, reaches back from the Middle Ages until - quite literally - today. Many of the exhibitions are described in only Latvian or Russian, which can be confusing for those who don't speak either (like myself), but there are brochures in English by almost each and every exhibition, so you should be fine. Additionally, the artifacts and pieces are so detailed and well put together, that you manage to get a general gist even without speaking the language. This is definitely a very informative, generic war museum, but what impressed me was the heart of it, and the fact that it tells our common history as it is being written. Its focus on Ukraine was incredibly moving and something none of us can afford to forget about for even a second. Additionally, the staff here was very friendly and accommodating, and the entrance was free, which was naturally a plus. I recommend every one who visits Riga, to drop by this museum.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 January 2024
  • daveashuk
    Bristol, United Kingdom757 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full Latvian military history
    Really good free military/history museum located partly in the Powder Tower. Lots of exhibits, there is an impressive room dedicated to Ukraine forces, with a captured Russian drone and photos/ details of some personnel. At the entrance there is a wrecked Ukraine 4WD vehicle, having been shot up by Russian troops. The WW1 period is well covered with Latvian/English text, but later inter war and WW2 period has the odd A4 sheet in English and although you get the general gist of the displays, it could be improved as with the independence computer displays. Found a good Konditorei shop across the road, with slabs of good cake for €3-4 and decent coffee.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2024
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FotoCatchDay
Jurmala, Latvia40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Business
It was free entry with museums days in Riga, I had to visited it and I found interesting museum and very modern, so if someone will catch that day’s , i am recommending
Written 22 June 2024
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Mogens B
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Very interesting museum telling a lot about Latvian History and struggle for independence. Visiting the museum one get deep respect for the fact that freedom and democracy are not given emtities but one have to take care and protect.

Much written in English but some parts only in Latvian
Written 12 May 2024
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daveashuk
Bristol, UK757 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Really good free military/history museum located partly in the Powder Tower. Lots of exhibits, there is an impressive room dedicated to Ukraine forces, with a captured Russian drone and photos/ details of some personnel. At the entrance there is a wrecked Ukraine 4WD vehicle, having been shot up by Russian troops. The WW1 period is well covered with Latvian/English text, but later inter war and WW2 period has the odd A4 sheet in English and although you get the general gist of the displays, it could be improved as with the independence computer displays.
Found a good Konditorei shop across the road, with slabs of good cake for €3-4 and decent coffee.
Written 18 March 2024
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Frode A
Hamburg, Germany4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Really good experience and great expositions of real weapons from the past, stories from the tough war times and how the country emerged to become as whole nation.
Written 28 February 2024
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Jackie A
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Best war museum ever visited. Each floor takes you through the struggle through the ages for independence and sovereignty
Written 1 February 2024
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s0mersetb0y
Somerset, UK993 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
An interesting museum…. Some rooms had no English on displays then other rooms lots but I’m not complaining it was free to get in and we shouldn’t expect everything in English. Lady on reception very helpful. Plenty of interesting facts going back well over 100 years
Written 25 January 2024
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Marwa
Tunisia27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
A beautiful museum that is free to enter and definitely worth a visit. It was a nice opportunity for me to learn about Latvian history, the stories of the occupation and the struggle to liberation. It was quite well arranged.
Written 6 January 2024
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Ida Heiseldal
Fredrikstad, Norway71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I happened to stumble upon this gem of a museum on my last full day in Riga, and I am so grateful that I did. The first thing that "greeted" me upon my entrance, was a worn down, bombed out vehicle, which on my very first notice looked like something archaic from the world wars or, at most recent, the cold war. However, after a few seconds, it became apparent that it was destroyed mere months ago in the battles of Bakhmut, Ukraine. And so begins the entrance to this incredibly informative war museum. The history that is depicted in this museum, reaches back from the Middle Ages until - quite literally - today. Many of the exhibitions are described in only Latvian or Russian, which can be confusing for those who don't speak either (like myself), but there are brochures in English by almost each and every exhibition, so you should be fine. Additionally, the artifacts and pieces are so detailed and well put together, that you manage to get a general gist even without speaking the language.

This is definitely a very informative, generic war museum, but what impressed me was the heart of it, and the fact that it tells our common history as it is being written. Its focus on Ukraine was incredibly moving and something none of us can afford to forget about for even a second.

Additionally, the staff here was very friendly and accommodating, and the entrance was free, which was naturally a plus.

I recommend every one who visits Riga, to drop by this museum.
Written 2 January 2024
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Ivar T
127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
A very good museum to visit if you are interested in history seen through the times of war. The last 1.000 years+ are well described. Not too much - not too little.
My main frustration was poor descriptions in other languages than Latvian. The museum would be really a lot more interesting if they had their descriptions translated into other languages. Eventually, as audio guides or via smartphones and qr-codes.
Written 14 November 2023
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Madelen Hvistendahl
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Super emotional experience!
Learned a lot about the latvian experience during different ages.
The display about ww1, as a tourist was easy to understand (being a foreigner), the rest was a bit difficult as Im not latvian
Written 14 October 2023
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