Museum of the Occupation of Latvia
- Type: Museums, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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This unique museum portrays Latvian life under Nazi and then Soviet occupation through a variety of ways -- a replica of a Siberian home, an actor dressed in military garb, historical documents and other exhibitions. One recent Riga-Life user describes the place as "a fascinating, but horrifying museum. It made me realize how pervasive the whole system of oppression was" in Latvia, and he is not alone. The museum is geared toward both international tourists and Latvians, who may have a more intense emotional response to the mournful collection.
One thing's for certain: the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia has a distinctive design. You can't miss this "evil Lego Brick dropped by a giant," as a TripAdvisor user calls it, in the center of Old City Riga. From October to April, you can visit anytime from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays. In summer, the hours extend to 6 p.m. and include Mondays. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. Also, you can rent an English audio guide or take an English-speaking guided tour for 2 LVL (about $4 USD). For more information, check out the museum's website.