Izbaudi Rīgu

Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation

This is the oldest public museum in Latvia and one of the oldest in Europe, the origin of which dates back to 1773.

It is located in a significant 13th–20th century architectural monument — the Riga Dome Cathedral ensemble, which comprises a church, the gothic Cross Gallery, and a museum, the pride of which is the 18th century Column Hall, built in Classicism style in place of the former monastery.

The Museum's 16 exposition halls tell of the creation and development of Riga over more than 800 years, as well as shipping in the territory of Latvia from the 10th century until today.

One can view a unique historical legacy in the exhibitions, including ancient Latvian ornaments, tools and weapons, a 13th century "Riga ship", weights and measures from the time of the Hanseatic League, the sword of the Riga executioner, the world’s smallest photo camera MINOX, outstanding artefacts made by Riga silversmiths, one of Riga’s ancient wonders — "Lielais Kristaps" (Great Kristaps), and much more.

Saistītie pasākumi

02 Jun - 02 Sep

Exhibitions

Exhibition - Music of Time. Clocks from the collection of the Riga Museum of History and Navigation. From the 17th to 20th centuries.

02 Jun - 02 Sep
The exhibition will display many of the museum's most unique and interesting clocks from its collection. The museum currently has 528 clocks in its collection from the 17th to 20th centuries.

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22 Jun - 30 Sep

Exhibitions

Exhibition - Song Day and Song Festival badges from Latvia's region. 19th century to 1940.

22 Jun - 30 Sep
Song Day traditions in Latvia began already before the first Song Festival, but especially during the independence years from 1920 to 1940. Not only regional song festival were held in Latgale, Northern Vidzeme, Lower Kurzeme and Zemgale, but in countries and towns throughout the country. Following tradition, special pins were specially made to commemorate not only the nationwide Song Festival, but regional ones as well. The badges were at the time worn proudly by festival participants.

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01 Jan - 30 Dec

Exhibitions

The Dom Museum ― Temple for Science and Art

01 Jan - 30 Dec
The exhibition is dedicated to the history of the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation. The origins of the museum go back to 1773; however, the exhibition focuses on the period of the Dom Museum (1890―1936), with a particular emphasis on the Baltic German contribution to the preservation of Latvia’s cultural values and the fortunes of cultural treasures during the Second World War.

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02 Mar - 30 Dec

Exhibitions

Exhibition "The Reformation 500: Commemorate medals between the 16th to 19th centuries from the collection of the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation"

02 Mar - 30 Dec
The Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation's collection of medals and coins commemorating the Reformation is a part of the period's cultural heritage. A medal serves as a memorial item for a certain historical event, social happening or movement, or to commemorate a great person - it reflects the spirit of that time, helps maintain historical facts, and each brings its own message through the ages.

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01 Jun - 30 Dec

Exhibitions

Exhibition - Used in Riga. Second half of 19th century to 1918.

01 Jun - 30 Dec
This exhibition is dedicated to innovations introduced in Riga from the second half of the 19th century until 1918, ones that impacted the daily lives of residents. The exhibition will feature items used in the home produced in Riga, as well as elsewhere in Europe, Russia and the United States and were sold in shops in Riga at the time.

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