Museum of Decorative and Applied Art, Riga
The Museum of Decorative and Applied Art is housed in the former St George Church, a church that dates back to 1208. It opened up as a museum in 1989 and there are three exhibition rooms, one for temporary exhibitions and two for the permanent exhibition.
Here you can see fine examples of Latvian art and among the items are wall hangings, pottery, glasswork and sculptures. On the 2nd floor are artefacts from the end of the 19th century to the 1960s, and on the 3rd floor are the newer artefacts from 1970s up to now.
On the first floor there is an exhibition hall for temporary exhibitions, but it was not open when I visited as they were busy preparing something.
The museum is open between 11 -17 on Tuesdays to Sundays (to 19 on Wednesdays). It is closed on Mondays.
The Lonely Planet recommended this museum for its 'outstanding' Latvian art - I am so glad I went to see it and that Id made the time to include it in the tight schedule I had.
It has an excellent collection showing the wonderful use of colour, design and style in Latvian textiles, furniture and beautiful objects.
On the same street as St. John's and opposite St. Peter's, is one more church: St. George's. Only this one is a little different, and unless you look out for its arched windows and high roof, you'd think it was just another building on this cluttered street. Older than its neighbours, in truth it is just another building now. During the reformation it was transformed into a warehouse.
Today it hosts the Museum of Applied arts, wherein you can see some of the remaining fragments of the original church.