Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

Riga, Latvia

Museum of the Occupation of Latvia 1940-1991 (Latvijas okupācijas muzejs) is an historic educational institution. It was established in 1993 to exhibit artifacts, archive documents, and educate the public about the 51-year period in the 20th century when Latvia was successively occupied by the USSR in 1940, then by Nazi Germany in 1941, and then again by the USSR in 1944.

The museum's stated mission is to show what happened in Latvia, its land and people under two occupying totalitarian regimes from 1940 to 1991, remind the world of the crimes committed by foreign powers against the state and people of Latvia and remember the victims of the occupation: those who perished, were persecuted, forcefully deported or fled the terror of the occupation regimes.

The building of the museum was built already in 1971 to celebrate Lenin's 100th birthday and up until 1991 it served as the Museum of Red Latvian Riflemen.



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Svaru iela 7, Riga, Latvia
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Founded: 1971
Category: Museums in Latvia
Historical period: Soviet Era (Latvia)

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Marion Jansie (3 years ago)
Very interesting and loads of information to take in. I can imagine some people might think it's to much reading. In these current times with people complaining about having to wear a face mask or showing a covid pass, reading about the occupation of Latvia and the atrocities the inhabitants had to endure that puts things into perspective.
Theo Thustrup Nordstrøm (3 years ago)
Very informative. Volunteers do enthusiastic tell the freedom monument history
Vladimir Titin (3 years ago)
Small museum, but very interesting. the attention given was the best, when they inaugurate in November the new one will have to go.
C C (3 years ago)
Detailed displays the life of Latvians under the Soviet's occupation
Paul (4 years ago)
We had a guided tour through the museum in English which we appreciated. The guide was explaining very nicely but some highlightd were forgotten or quickly explained
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