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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Details

Founded: 1971
Category: Museums in Latvia
Historical period: Soviet Era (Latvia)

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www.omf.lv
en.wikipedia.org

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John & Tara Newby (14 months ago)
Worth a visit. Some very compelling stories are shared. It’s not particularly interactive, and there is a lot of ready because of that.
Sascha Nagel (15 months ago)
Nice and interesting but you should wait until it will reopen at his its original location
Fabrice Bloch (16 months ago)
Very interesting but lacks global context. A small museum (still in its temporary building in july 2020)
Prince FR (20 months ago)
Very informative and fascinating if you're unaware of the history covered by the exhibits. You need a couple of hours to really take on all the information. It's well worth the time though. Excellent.
Teo Teodorović (21 months ago)
Another must in Riga. I highly recommend guided tour which is really interesting and educative. It gives you insight not only in Latvian history, but also in a current situation. Guide is very communicative and prepared for any kind of questions.
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