Latvian National Museum Of Art, Riga

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The Latvian National Museum of Art (Latvian: Latvijas Nacionālais mākslas muzejs) is the richest collection of national art in Latvia. It houses more than 52,000 works of art reflecting the development of professional art in the Baltic area and in Latvia from the middle of the 18th century until the present time.

The museum is located in building in Riga, which is historically significant. The building at 1, Janis Rozentāls sq. was designed by the German architect Wilhelm Neumann and built in 1905 — it is one of the most impressive historical buildings on the boulevard and is situated next to the Academy of Art. It was the first building in the Baltics to be built for the purposes of a museum. Reconstruction of the museum was announced on 25 May 2010. Reconstruction was finished on 1 December 2015.
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  • Having been renovated just a few years ago, the building hosting this museum is the true jewel of this exhibit. The Art Nouveau outside architecture makes it very welcoming to walk around it and...  more »
  • Though this is a small collection for a national museum, it tries to cover Latvian artists and geographical areas from all periods. The collection is heavily weighted in the 20th century and does...  more »
  • Great balance between the permanent and temporary exhibitions, and the stunning building is a plus. High ceilings & a lot of light make the building & permanent collection come to life, whereas the...  more »
  • Amazing building. Excellent, classy cafe for a meal or snack. I loved seeing the 1917-1940 Latvian works, they could hold their own anywhere. There was also a floor dedicated to contemporary art, and a special exhibit of conceptual art ....which I probably needed more time to ponder. Take time to walk down the stairs to the lowest level and see the visible paintings storage area on the way.
  • One of the best museums to visit if you are a tourist in Riga and are interested in art. Usuallyhas 1 changing exhibition and 1 static exhibition with the most important Latvian painter works from different times. Also has some augmented reality stuff and audio guides for free through their app. It Has huge student discounts up to 50% of the regular price. On the most upper floor there is a nice view over the city.
  • A new experience. Latvian art is signed by the experiences unique to this culture. I enjoyed a new perspective. Coming from America, where freedom (up until the uprising of facism 2018) was apparent. I wonder if humankind will ever get it together all at once.
  • The collection is fine. The problem was with the staff. We arrived late but still had about an hour before the advertised closing time of 18.00. We were rudely refused entrance to a small section of the exhibition we had paid for at 17.42. Several minutes later we heard an announcement that the museum was closing at 18.00 despite being told to leave at 17.42. We were polite, but dealt with in a rude manner. The employee clearly understood every thing we said but refused to communicate. Late entrants should be warned that the museum closes well before the advertised time before they pay for entrance. We were trying to enter the final wing of our visit about 15 seconds from the exit so could have comfortably seen the collection and exited in good time. Sad that a national gallery should have so little interest in the experience of its visitors.
  • Great paintings. Can be seen in 2 hours and well worth the entrance fee. The contemporary art exhibition is not worth it though - it's just the usual nonsense.

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