Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation, Riga

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Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation is housed by the Riga Dom Cathedral ensemble in the heart of the Old Riga, Latvia. It originated in 1773 as a private collection of Nikolaus von Himsel, a Riga doctor and, being one of the oldest museums in Europe, over the centuries it has grown into the largest collection of material evidence of the history of Riga.The PremisesDuring the reconstruction of the Riga Dom Cathedral in the 1890s, part of the former monastery was converted to serve the needs of the Dom Museum. It is the first building in the history of Riga to have been built for a museum, and the inscription on the museum front bears testimony to this. Within the premises there is the Column Hall, built in 1778 in the Classicism style, which housed the library until 1891. The hall is now being used for conferences and a historical 18th—19th centuries exhibition. The Column Hall faces the 13th century groin vaulted gallery and the Riga Dom Cathedral yard, a remarkable Romanesque and Gothic monument of the kind in the Baltic states. The Riga Dom Cathedral ensemble itself is an aesthetic treat that provides information about different periods in the construction of Riga.
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  • July 30, 2017
    Museum is good . . . start on the top floor and work your way down towards the end. There was a small admission fee (only museum we had to pay for in Riga) but worth it. Most of the displays had guide...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    It's a vast array of objects from Latvian history . Not the most exciting museum . I found it helpful to use the manuals on display to read about the history and then look around .  more »
  • July 17, 2017
    Here, I differ from most others, it seems. I thought it was a dreary and old-fashioned museum that is not caught up. Have no desire to go back.
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  • January 7, 2017
    Nice museum about Latvia and Riga history. Worth of 1.5 - 2.0 hours to spend here and see interesting exhibits including 500 yo Big Kristaps statue and the legend about beginning of Christmas tree decoration tradition in Riga.
  • December 24, 2016
    My favorite museum in Riga, I loved the building, the contents, and I believe it gives a rich explanation of Riga's history! My only complaint is that the information could be more accessible for English speakers (although it's available it's not too practical)
  • February 23, 2017
    Really interesting museum of latvian history. I highly recommend to visit it.
  • December 7, 2016
    This place seriously need to add English to their monters explaining what everything his. There is some pamphlets, but it is harder to use than the info next to the items. This museum for some of the highest asking price of all museums and they should fix this.
  • July 15, 2016
    Brilliant museum. Many interesting thinks to see.

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