Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation, Riga
(3.9/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The museum has things to offer everyone. The nautical/navigation exhibits were my favorite, but there were plenty of things for my wife to enjoy. Our 9-year old was also interested in many displays. T...  more »
  • Visited in October 2016 onwards. Three floors of impressions from bookmarks of the city until the present. No picture, but in each Hall there are guidebooks on Russian, English and German. Sufficient detail and wonder.
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  • As for me the best museum to see in Riga. It's not huge, but has a lot of exhibit item and some of them are very rare and very valuable. Especially I liked exebition of clothes of monarch period. 
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  • The Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation is the oldest public museum in Latvia and the Baltic, and is one of the oldest in Europe. The Museum is located in Old Town, in a noteworthy 13th – 20th century architectural monument – the Riga Dome complex.
  • Interesting stuff can be found there
  • Brilliant museum. Many interesting thinks to see.
  • J ai vu que l expo temporaire
  • Nice museum.