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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  • The Museum tells the tragic stories of our past. The Holocaust happened about 75 years ago, still there are living survivors, but we know so little about it and the nazi ghettos. The Museum is a Must-...  more »
  • I was rather disappointed by the Museum. The history of the Holocaust is extremely important, no doubt. However, I've seen so far other museums that have given it better in my opinion. 1.) the structure of the exhibition made for me no sense. the numbering oriented felt in place, nor to context. Perhaps it would make more sense, if the Hall 2 was opened (was under renovation) 2.) The appearance of a deportation wagon is messed up: the big mirror and birch in him created a downright friendly atmosphere; better, I think because, for example, the representation in the (transitional) occupation Museum, in the basement, with dark wood. 3.) the Hall about the genocide of the Armenians is a good idea in itself, however, the structure was missing me here too. That one should clarify all "questions" to the beginning (!), was not taken into account here. (There will be only a few witnesses...) confusing for visitors without detailed knowledge. 4.) experiences of contemporary witnesses are of inestimable value. However it enough for me personally to see not a huge Board with photos, among which stood only name and school etc. I found the pictures of the buildings of the ghetto personally vastly uninteresting. As I wished, whether short or long, more informational texts, for example, about the everyday life of Jews there in so many reviews, the Museum seems to get so much right, but for me personally it could not score.
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  • Very interesting site, however partly under reconstruction. The story of this period must never be forgotten.  more »
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  • A free open to the elements museum, there is an open train carriage which you can stand in to get a feeling of how packed it must have been considering thry where full to the brim. There is a long path with fencing like that of the camps showing the names of Latvias Jews depicted by family name. A beautiful but sad place to visit. Would recommend as it shows Latvias dark past in the 1940s
  • Quite well done outdoor and indoor exhibitions about the horros latvian jews had to face in wwii. Additionally there was a very informative exhibition on the Armenian genocide. Museum itself was free of charge
  • Beaitiful set up of a museum, easily accesible and leaves you with a chilly feeling of human cruelty
  • 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.
  • 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.
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