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1991 Barricades Museum

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Address: Kramu iela 3, Riga 1050, Latvia

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Poignant exhibit about the special moment in Latvian history

You might be tempted to overlook this spot (and it's only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays) but I suggest you stop by. It gives you a great feeling both about how confined the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 September 2016
Portland, Maine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Small museum in the centre of the town. Went there due to the big events. No English information, so not for tourists. Only one sheet of paper with an English introduction.

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

This is a museum dedicated to the 1991 silent revolution when the USSR was breaking apart. The protests in Latvia started in Riga about 100m from this little museum on the second floor of an old building. Very little is in English but it still is very impactful as the videos and visuals are very powerful. Do not miss this.

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Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

You might be tempted to overlook this spot (and it's only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays) but I suggest you stop by. It gives you a great feeling both about how confined the people felt during the second half of the 20th century AND how brave and dedicated the protesters were to sit *outside* for two weeks from the 13th... More 

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Great examination of the Soviet harassment of Riga in 1991. Only four or five rooms. Piece of paper describes events in detail in English.

Thank wlamb123
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

The opening times at the doorway are misleading. This museum IS OPEN MONDAY - SATURDAY. Closed Sunday only. Try the door if it appears closed. This museum gives such an important insight into Riga's recent history demonstrating the national loyalty of the Latvian people. For someone who visited the country in 1992 and 2016 it provides a dramatic insight into... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

Another good 'proper' museum (by which I mean real objects not inane computer screens), just like all the others I visited. Small but well worth a short visit to find out about how Latvians bravely won their freedom from the USSR. Right in the heart of the old town.

Thank ANS321
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

The odd part of this museum is that the museum is apparently run by volunteers and the chap who we first met at the entrance appeared surprised to see us. We were offered a guide, but he would have to phone him and ask him to come to the museum, albeit from nearby. We declined and found that the museum... More 

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Burgas, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

We came on a Friday and were leaving the next day so missed visiting this museum. We didn't find anything online to say this so be aware if you want to visit.

Thank GretelRatzinger
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015 via mobile

If you want to know a bit more about Latvia then you should visit here.All though a little hard to find once there was well worth the visit. Our guide was interesting and passionate about the Latvians struggle for independence. Well worth going. It's only 3 euros to get in and that is a voluntary donation

Thank Perry W
Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2015

A tourist visiting the Latvian capital of Riga nowadays will find a beautifully restored, completely normal Eastern European metropolis. However, not all that long ago -- in the late 80's and into 1991 -- the situation bore no resemblance to today's normalcy. Latvia along with her sister Baltic states of Lithuania and Estonia was engaged in a desperate struggle to... More 

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