Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum, Riga

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Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum tells the story of 70,000 people forced to live and work behind barbed wire, only to be tortured and massacred in the end. The museum outlines ghetto life between 1941 and 1943; here you'll observe photos of those who were held and walk the same alleys that they once walked. You'll also discover more about the volunteers who bravely struggled to help Jews escape the ghetto. At the tourist information center you can ask for a guided tour, which provides an in-depth history of the site, detailed descriptions, and clarifications of historical data. Note that the museum includes outdoor exhibits, so dress accordingly. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Riga trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • Found this exhibition via tripadvisor - it’s not included on a number of the tourist maps and is located beyond the Central market near the river, not far from the Latvian Academy of sciences building...  more »
  • Like Auschwitz and other such places, this should be a must see for everyone...realise just what inhumanity is. Very moving long displays with the names of everyone deported to the Riga Ghetto. Not ma...  more »
  • After a detour visit value, no tourists in the central market. Admission free, interesting, freely accessible. You can run different stations.
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  • The museum is free but a donation is encouraged, very interesting and some of the indoor exhibitions are really well done. The recreation of a Riga ghetto home at the time is also very interesting to see.
  • Fantastic museum - lots of very striking art exhibits and historical information. And it's completely free! It's set in a very pleasant area and is definitely worth a visit. Signs/translations are in Latvian, English and Russian.
  • Touching and necessary to find out about the horrible things that happened not too long ago. I wish though that there had been a wall or a fence separating the busy road from the "park" where you could sit and reflect. Well worth a visit.
  • Good place to feel terrible times. Enter is free of charge
  • Excellent, though harrowing, Holocaust memorial centre, specialising in the history of the transports to Riga.

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