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

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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01 Jan - 30 Dec

Exhibitions

Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation: Recent acquisitions

01 Jan - 30 Dec
Every year the Museum collections receive new acquisitions. The exhibition offers to view 395 of them — the most interesting and important. Chronologically, they span the period from the 13th century to our day.

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01 Jan - 12 Feb

Exhibitions

Anton Buchholtz (1848–1901): numismatist and collector

01 Jan - 12 Feb
The exhibition is dedicated to the history of Riga’s history of coin minting and A. Buchholtz as a founder of Livonian numismatics.

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19 May - 02 Apr

Exhibitions

"Tour Your Native Land!" Latvia's Tourism Propaganda in the 1930s"

19 May - 02 Apr
Artifacts and a number of other display items from several museums and the state archives describe one of life's greatest pastimes - travel, and learning about foreign lands and people. But - let's begin with Latvia first, getting to know its unspoiled beauty, its historic and cultural heritage, its special allure.

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01 Jan - 30 Dec

Exhibitions

Exhibition: Silver cup “21st Century Renaissance”

01 Jan - 30 Dec
This filigree masterpiece fascinates with its grace, beauty, and magnitude. 35.37 kg of silver was used in the cup's creation; its height – 1.20 m. Silver cup “21st Century Renaissance” symbolizes welfare, fortune, and the force of life. The cup incorporates gilded engravings, which represents the flow of money from ancient times up to this day. The author is the brilliant jewelry master Oļegs Auzers and his students. The work was created in collaboration with JSC "Baltic International Bank".

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01 Jan - 30 Dec

Exhibitions

Exhibition. Spotlight on a Special Item from the Museum Collection

01 Jan - 30 Dec
This is a diverse series of exhibits lasting year round. A specific and certainly interesting display item is given feature attention, taken from the thousands of treasures in the Museum's archives.

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