Pauls Stradins Museum for History of Medicine, Riga

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Find out how medicine has advanced throughout the centuries at Pauls Stradins Museum for History of Medicine, one of the three largest museums of its kind in the world. With some 200,000 items as well as temporary exhibits, the museum covers medicinal practices dating back to ancient times. Learn about healing with amulets and shamanic devices as well as the workings of complex 20th-century machinery still used today. See dioramas of daunting medieval hospitals and excruciating dentistry operations, or explore various medicinal tools, from the simplest to the most outrageous. Check out the exhibit on Latvian medicinal history. To visit Pauls Stradins Museum for History of Medicine and other attractions in Riga, use our Riga vacation builder.
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  • August 3, 2017
    When you visit should be aware that specific Museum. This is not a photograph, not a painting. It is a medicine and everything associated with it. So expect something magically beautiful. The exposition is located on several floors, each floor is dedicated to a specific period in the history of medicine, ranging from primitive society and ending with modernity. On the second floor you can see the gloomy middle ages, this is the strongest impression. Not worth the walk in the Museum with young children
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  • July 31, 2017
    Visited with children. A large Museum, several floors, tells the story of how the ancient people were treated and how medicine has evolved further. Very impressive. The exposition are made with care and love. Individual spots may seem somewhat gloomy for children (e.g. medieval). Adults can think about eternal ...
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  • July 9, 2017
    This museum has a comprehensive collection of items and displays divided into thematic exhibitions across four floors. We also visited two temporary exhibitions, one about the brain (obviously meant f...  more »
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  • June 13, 2017
    It's ok done. I found it a good waste of 30 mins. The hooman who we bought the tickets from did not tell us about the special extra exhibit that needed another ticket, so went downstairs and some Latvian woman asked for our "bilet", and then we showed her our ticket and she was like "no". Oh well.
  • April 15, 2017
    We were a little disappointed by the museum! You feel like traveling back in time to Sowjet Riga in the 1970. Pretty weird stuff... Also only about 1/3 of the signs is in english. At least it's cheap.
  • June 20, 2016
    Huge collection of items .. Nice display of historical equipments and narrates the history of many great Doctors and Scientists .
  • October 4, 2016
    Great place to learn and maybe get grosed out a bit :)
  • August 12, 2016
    Quirky and not everything is translated into English but some great exhibits.

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