Latvian War Museum

Riga, Latvia

The Latvian War Museum is a war museum in Riga, Latvia. It began as the Riflemen Museum in 1916 during World War I. The building that houses the museum was erected in the years from 1937 to 1940. The mission of the War museum is to save collective, historical memory of the nation about political and military history of Latvia, the influence of the military conflicts (especially 20th century World Wars) on the destiny of the nation and the reflection of these conflicts consequences, the historical character of Latvian soldiers and the popularization of the state defence system.



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Smilšu iela 20, Riga, Latvia
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Founded: 1916
Category: Museums in Latvia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Latvia)


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Maureen Bes (3 months ago)
This museum is very important to the Latvian people , the story tells how they fought and challenges faced during the first and second world wars. Amazing how the buildings are still standing tall as well as the barracks which students clean up and visit all the time. This museum is free and an absolute must for any one visiting Riga
Martyna Sikora (6 months ago)
This is an amazing place and if you want to visit all floors and rooms, read the desceiptions and actually learn some history - prepare a few spare hours. It is good for a quick visit too but it will just be to see what is what. Too bad this place is not adjusted for handicaped people. Entrance is free. Bags and backpacks need to be left in a locker. No parking there - spots can be found on some nearby streats. I will visit he museum again for sure, once back in Riga, as before I only had 1 hour and that was not enough. I truly recommend it if you like military and history.
Robert Beckman (6 months ago)
Well worth visiting! Especially the parts about the First World War and the subsequently Latvian War of Independence are very interesting and impressive. These parts of history are too little known in the western part of Europe. My admiration of the Baltic people in general and the Latvian in particular has grown much after visiting this fine museum in Riga.
Макса Србин (7 months ago)
Very good exhibition, just enough for one time visit. I would say that main focus is on WW1, other periods are not that plentiful, but yet decent. When you count in that the entry is free, definitely worth visiting.
Nikos Gkekas (8 months ago)
Small but nice war museum. It's free and worth a visit in order to learn a bit of history of Latvia and the fight for the independence, even though not all exhibitions have English scripts.
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