Liepāja Museum is the largest museum in the historical region of Courland, Latvia and possesses more than 100,000 articles, but in the halls of the museum you can see 1,500 exhibits. Permanent displays tell of Liepāja’s history, starting from its early days and of the ethnography of South Kurzeme. They feature a special collection of tin ware and an exhibition telling about the life and works of the wood carver Miķelis Pankoks. The Museum also regularly hosts various local, national and international art exhibitions.

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Art Tolerast (7 months ago)
Authentic, nice building and a lot of exponents. Information just in Latvian and English. Very friendly price - for free. 1-2 hours needs for exploring all museum.
Anna Schönbach (7 months ago)
One learns a lot about the region, although most facts are covered by the exhibition in a similar museum in Klaipeda (which is cheaper and has friendlier wardens). The best part might be in the cellar where a blacksmith room is filled with objects and authentic noises. The explanations in English are difficult to understand for funny linguistic mistakes. No audio guides are offered. The behaviour of some wardens might give you the feel of the Soviet culture (an unnecessary micro-aggression precedes any interaction that might be nice in the end. This can be fun to observe. But not all wardens are like this, most are silent). It might be a good idea to ask right away whether you can visit the museum without going to the changing exhibition upstairs the tickets to which seem way too expensive to me for just two rooms with some pieces of modern art.
Rita Vincė Baltrūnienė (8 months ago)
This museum is very interesting in that it is spread over three floors. Immediately upon entry is an exhibition of Stone Age weapons, cannons, letters and the like. After descending to the basement you will find an exposition of folk household. On the third floor you will find an exposition of clothing and bicycles.
Egle Cer (9 months ago)
Nice and very warm. Worthly visiting, especially restored interiors.
Valerija Artisauskaite (9 months ago)
I really like this museum thay have like I could say a lot of information but some of object have a little bit information so is more interesting to read And every room have some of sounds really like this museum after this museum now I know more information about this beautiful city :D
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