In the exhibition the chairs selected from the stylistically diverse and historically consequential collection present an idea of how sitting in chairs, characteristic of western culture, since the 13th century gradually gained popularity among the population of Riga.
Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation is particularly proud of the largest collection of cultural and historical furniture in Latvia. Of more than 850 items, half are the chairs used by Riga residents from the 17th century to the present day.
250 years ago, on February 22, 1773, the councilors of the Riga Town Council, sitting in the Town Hall chairs, took the decision to found a Museum based on the Cabinet of Antiquities, bequeathed to the city by doctor Nikolaus Himzel. The Himzel Museum became the beginning of today's Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation.