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Jewish Museum / Museum Jews in Latvia

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Address: Skolas iela 6, Riga 1010, Latvia
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+371 67 283 484
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The museum "Jews in Latvia" is dedicated to the history of...

The museum "Jews in Latvia" is dedicated to the history of Latvia's Jewish community from the first Jews in the territory of Latvia in the 16th century to the tragic events of Holocaust. The museum's exhibition is housed in three halls in the historical building of former Jewish theatre.

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An incredibly sad, thought-provoking display

Expect strong security when you enter. The free museum itself is on the second floor. There are free audio guides offered as well. We spent a good 1.5 hours here to hear and read... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2016
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

The museum itself is very educational and well worth a visit. They have turned a very small space into an excellent exhibition. However upon arrival we were met by a very intimidating staff member who found us (3 Irish girls in our 20s) suspicious. He proceeded to check on us at several points which made us all feel uncomfortable and... More 

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Jewish_museum_Latvia, Manager at Jewish Museum / Museum Jews in Latvia, responded to this review

Dear Aisling F, we apologize for the accident. On Sunday we had a big group of foreign students visiting, who have applied through the special list, and who were coming exactly around the time you attended, c. 14:00. So probably the security mistook you for someone from the group, and as you were not on the list, were acting according... More 

London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We found this after going to the KGB building. Both Jews and non-Jews need to visit this museum. It really shows the atrocities that took place with respect to the Latvian Jews, and to learn that it was actually the Latvians who forced the Jews into the synagogue and burnt it down is beyond words. There is no cost but... More 

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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Reviewed 13 January 2017

We visited this museum during a special appointment and met with their directors in order to discuss Holocaust history as it pertained to a particular Latvian family during WWII. Even though incredibly busy, both of these lovely people took the time to answer all of our questions and help us with our historical search. The exhibits were so informative and... More 

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Malton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 December 2016

Another very good example of what Latvian Jews have had to ordeal throughout their history. You should take time to visit this sobering museum and learn from the mistakes of others.

1 Thank MisterD25
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Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

This a must for all people of this world to respect what others went through because of religion and creed. Another country that suffered because of an illiterate few , lets all live in peace for the sake of generations to come ! Entrance is free and you are supplied free an MP3 player , make time to go.

1 Thank David S
Brookline, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

This museum has a great display of the history of the Jews in Latvia, and their contributions to Latvian society. Unfortunately the history of the Jews in Latvia is overshadowed by the horrors of the Holocaust. And the museum does not shy away from the details of those years. But it is a lovely building, now the Jewish community center,... More 

3 Thank Mitchell D
Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 30 September 2016

Hidden away almost...with a great story behind it is a greatly preserved synagog. The decorations and paint looks like real new, and it is worth to read the story behind it as well! Worth seeing!

1 Thank alonlin
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Expect strong security when you enter. The free museum itself is on the second floor. There are free audio guides offered as well. We spent a good 1.5 hours here to hear and read the very well-researched history of Jews in Latvia. The section on WWII and the Latvian ghetto is just heart-breaking.

1 Thank genibre69
San Francisco
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We highly recommend Ieva Kalceva for a guided tour of "Jewish Riga" that included the forest, the museum, and the Jewish quarter. Ieva (Eva) was knowledgable, efficient, and very nice. Having a car and driver out to the forest made it possible to see a lot in one afternoon. This is a good tour especially for teenagers who are interested... More 

3 Thank SMFSanFran
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Reviewed 18 July 2016

We were on a study trip about Jewish history so naturally we were interested in this museum. We visited it after taking a Jewish History Tour in the city itself. It is rather small and simple, but tells the story of Latvian Jews quite well. We were especially pleased with the guide - a very young volunteer from Austria who... More 

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