Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, Riga

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    Occupation Museum [Okupācijas muzejs]

    by kit_mc Written Mar 25, 2008

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    This museum is free and located in the heart of the Old Town. You'll notice it from the outside, a black cuboid building that is so ugly it is actually quite impressive.

    Housed in an old Soviet building the museum narrates Latvia's 20th century history of occupation and oppression, first at the hands of Soviets, then the brief but brutal Nazi occupation during World War II and then Latvia's forced re-integration into the Soviet Union.

    The exbition itself is rather good, with a great deal of detail. However, it's rather low on detail during the Nazi era, including Latvian's role in the Holocaust as well as just how autocratic early independence Latvian governments were - the museum is highly politicised and emotive.

    This isn't surprising given the circumstances - the matter of Latvian independence is a serious one here. The ever present strong arm of Russia is still a very real fear for many who can remember the attempts of Russian armed forces to stall the independence movement in 1991.

    All in all, a must see if you want to even begin to understand something of this small fiercely indepenent nation.

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    Museum of Occupation

    by mcblacktiger Written Feb 23, 2008

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    Excellent free museum(donations suggested) about the Nazi and Soviet occupation of Latvia. Quite detailed and informative.

    Also very unusual for Eastern Europe the exhibits have been translated into English, along with Latvian and Russian.

    Becareful when you enter, there are many school and tourist group tours there and if start at the wrong time(like I did) you may be overrun and forced to speed up or slow down if you want to actually read anything.

    Poem Quotation from the museum

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    Latvian Museum of Occupation

    by MikeAtSea Updated Jul 29, 2007

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    This is housed in a building erected in 1969 - 1970 as a commemorative museum to the Latvian Red Riflemen. The current museum founded in 1993 shows agreements and documents that attest to the adversity and tragedies included in the years of oppression. Part of the exhibition reflects the renewal of independence of Latvia.

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    Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

    by graeme83 Written Apr 24, 2007

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    I bought a travel guide to Riga before arriving and it said "if you only visit one museum in Riga, make it this one." Having visited the museum I would say that it was not very impressive. Although the history of Latvia 1940-91 is very compelling I did not find that the museum did it justice - especially having visited the Terror Museum in Budapest (which has a similar theme).

    The museum is free though so it is worth a quick look, especially if it is cold and snowing outside ;)

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    The Occupation Museum of Latvia

    by WanderingFinn Written Mar 6, 2007

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    The Museum of the occupation of Latvia (1940-1991) is a very interesting place and a must for those Riga visitors who are interested in history.

    The museum was established in 1993 e.g. to provide information about Latvia and its people under two occupying totalitarian regimes from 1940 to 1991.

    Also it is there to remind the world of the wrongdoings committed by foreign powers against the state and people of Latvia.

    And last but not least, to remember those who perished, suffered and fled the terror of the occupying regimes.

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    The Occupation Museum of Latvia

    by call_me_rhia Updated Sep 5, 2006

    The Occupation Museum of Latvia was established in 1993 and it is located in a black building with no apparent windows... Its aim is to inform people about the occupation of Latvia from 1940 to 1991, Nazi and Soviet. It's a museum "celebrating" Latvia's dark days of oppression and persecution.

    The permanent exhibition tells you all about the first Soviet occupation (1940-1941), then about the Nazi occupation period (1941-1944/45), and then again the second Soviet occupation (1944/45-1991). There is also a section dedicated to the country's struggle for independence.

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    Museum of War

    by cheekymarieh Updated Aug 10, 2006

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    The museum has large exhibits about World War 2, the War for Independence and the fights against occupations by the Germans and Russians. Other areas covered include World War 1. The exhibits are presented in an interesting way and there are some excellent videos about the struggles of the Latvian people for independence. You will also find arms exhibits and some photographic displays. There is quite a lot of emphasis on the more modern history which summaries recent events quite effectively.

    Open: Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm (Oct-Apr), 10am - 6pm (May-Sep)
    Admission fee: free

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    The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

    by Ken-out-of-Bath Updated Aug 5, 2006

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    Latvia was occupied from the Second World War until Independence in 1991. The museum is a reminder of the conditions endured by Latvians. The dour exterior of the building prepares you for the exhibition inside.

    Not quite as gloomy as the similar museum in Vilnius, Lithuania (which is housed in the basement of the old KGB Headquarters) but harsh all the same.

    Well worth a visit but be aware that you will find it upsetting.

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    Occupation Museum of Latvia

    by bonio Written Jul 27, 2006

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    Telling the history from 1940 until independance. Many photos of life under the Soviet and German occupations. Tells the story of resistance fighters too. A moving and unforgettable visit, recommend a visit. Entrance is free, donations well received though.

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    Occupation of Latvian museum

    by keen88 Written Feb 25, 2006

    The best museum that we visited during our stay in Riga. Really did impress upon you how badly the Latvian people have been treated by, in particular, the Russians and Germans.

    There is a lot of English within the museum and guided tours are available, if you wish to pay a fee. Entrance to the museum is free, but they do ask if you would like to make a donation.

    The use of photographic material, replicas of Gulag conditions, and countless displays with actual items from the period really do illustrate the appalling treatment.

    Definitely worth a visit, of all the Riga museums.

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    Occupation Museum

    by Jagermeister Updated Dec 10, 2005

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    The Occupation Museum is located at Strelnieku laukums right behind the Riflemen Statue. The museum goves the visitor the story of Latvia's history under the Soviets pre-WW2, then the Nazis during WW2, then the Soviets again post-WW2.

    If you have been to Berlin, this museum will remind you of the Haus Am Checkpoint Charlie due to the photo intensive exhibits on display. There is a recreation of a gulag barracks inside along with plenty of pictures depicting the actions of the Checka and KGB.

    I highly recommend this museum. It is free (although donations are accepted) and will take you about an hour and a half to walk through.

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    The occupation museum of Latvija

    by rollinstone81 Written Jan 3, 2005

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    This is a real fine museum and it displays lots of maps, pictures and stuff from recent Latvian history, about the occupation of the country by the Germans and the Soviets. There is lots of written information, in Latvian, Russian, German and English. There is a replica of a gulag shag, where the prisoners had to live in. This museum shows a lot about the way Latvian people think about their history and why they are so proud to be an independent country.

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    st mary's cathedral and square

    by cbeaujean Written Oct 6, 2002

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    all streets lead to this square as a focal point.
    in fact,created in 1936 when they demolished many buildings to give the oportunity to prime minister to speak to the people from a balcony....
    st mary,the dom,with a nice red brick structure and a gable like a hanseatic merchant's home and a bulbous dome...
    inside,a very interesting 6768 (!) pipes organ...

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    Fifty Years Occupation (1940 to 1991)

    by fachd Updated Sep 20, 2012

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    The Occupation Museum of Latvia presents the history of fifty-years (1940 to 1991) occupation of Latvia by USSR then Nazi Germany then back to USSR. The museum was founded in 1993.

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