Thematic Museums

Museums dedicated to a wide range of themes will reveal the miraculous diversity of hitherto unknown fields.

Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

The Museum of Decorative and Design Art is located in the former St. George’s Church building (1204), which is the oldest stone building in Riga. It features seven collections of decorative and design art work.

Riga Art Nouveau Centre

Rīga is one of the few European cities where Art Nouveau architecture, art and design objects have survived in great numbers. It is even called "the metropolis of Art Nouveau". There are 800 Art Nouveau buildings in Rīga, mostly located in the city's centre - particularly on Alberta Street. Riga Art Nouveau Centre can also be found on this street, in the former apartment of the renowned Latvian architect Konstantīns Pēkšēns, who lived and worked here till 1907 and designed this beautiful building.

Laima chocolate museum

Chocolate making has always been wound in mystery. It is a difficult task finding someone who does not like chocolate. It is no surprise that people crave the opportunity to taste the best of Laima chocolates and to catch a glimpse behind the scenes of the wondrous chocolate making process.

Riga Porcelain Museum

Porcelain - so sophisticated, luxurious and fragile, yet unimaginably different in the hands of inspired artists. The Riga Porcelain Museum unveils the exciting world of porcelain design development and manufacturing traditions from the middle of the 19th century until the 1990s and contemporary processes of porcelain art. The museum's collection consists of almost 8,000 objects.

Aldaris Beer Museum

At the most modern beer museum in the Baltics, visitors will discover the diversity of beers brewed in Latvia and elsewhere. Learn the secrets of brewing, even try it yourself.

Latvian National Museum of Natural History

Come and see nature in the very heart of the city! The Latvian National Museum of Natural History is a genuine oasis of nature in the middle of civilisation - in the centre of Riga.

Riga Film Museum

Riga Film Museum, founded in 1988, is the only film museum in Latvia. The exhibition "Behind the Screen" welcomes you to the other side of the screen – look into the filmmaking process and see how film technologies have changed over time. Notable part of exhibition is dedicated to animation, offering to learn more about puppet, hand-drawn, cutout and digital animation.

Latvian Museum of Photography

The only Museum devoted to photographic art in Latvia has been open to the public since 1993.

Ethnic headwear in the “The World of Hat” museum

The collection includes antique jeweled crowns and terrifying African helmet masks (all bewitched), 2-meter-high shaman hats and bonnets made of human hair, headbands of bark and gold-shining wedding headdress.

The Pauls Stradins museum of the history of medicine

The visitors can see the development of medical history from the times of ethno medicine till the mid 20th century in thematic or overview excursions, as well as enjoy a unique exhibition concerning outer biology and medicine.

Fashion Museum

The Fashion Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view unique outfits, clothing, costumes and accessories from the collection of the well-known fashion collector and historian Alexandre Vassiliev, and is one of the three largest private clothing collection in the world.

Museum of Ancient Baltic Jewellery

How did Rigans adorn themselves 800 years ago and earlier? What can jewellery tell one about the time before the city of Riga? Who made the beaded Liv necklace, the Latgalian brooch? Was the maiden wearing the ornate Gotlandian necklace brought here by a Curonian Viking? What kind of events did these ancient Finnish, Prussian and Russian ornaments experience? The museum will not provide direct answers to these questions, allowing everyone to feel and imagine this distant past.

Jews In Latvia

Established in 1989 and housed in the historical building of the former Jewish theater, the museum “Jews in Latvia” is dedicated to researching, promoting and commemorating the history of Latvia's Jewish community.

Museum of the Riga Ghetto and Holocaust in Latvia

The Riga Ghetto Museum opened its doors in 2010. It is located close to the border of the former Jewish Ghetto, in Maskavas Forštate (Moscow suburb), a historical city quarter. Once inhabited by Russian merchants and Jews, the quarter has small wooden houses with aged but still elegant wooden carvings, paved winding streets and a unique aura. Many people come here nowadays to look for the places where their ancestors had once lived. The territory of the Riga Ghetto is unique, having barely changed in the last sixty years.