- Type: Museums, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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A car enthusiast's dream, the Riga Motormuseum houses the largest collection of historical cars in the Balkans. The museum's website professes that it is "working in the interests of widest society by collecting, preserving, restoring, researching, and communicating antique vehicles as a part of industrial heritage and material culture." More than 230 cars, motorbikes, mopeds, bicycles and more are on display, showing the evolution of automobiles to today's standard. The gems include Vyacheslav Molotov's Rolls Royce, a Lincoln Continental that Richard Nixon gave to Leonid Brezhnev and a Mercedes Benz that was a gift from Hitler to Stalin.
Although the car with famous previous owners draw most of the visitors through the doors, the rest of the collection is impressive on its own. Definitely find the Auto Union Typ "C/D" and Renault Viva Grand Sport among the cluster of vehicles. One enthusiastic TripAdvisor user explains, "The museum is basically just one huge, 2-story display room, but it's packed to the gills with bikes, cars, trucks, and even some car-related art, so I easily spent several hours here."
Located in the bleak outskirts of Riga, the museum is hard to miss once you get there but a bit of a trek to reach. Take the number 5 bus to the "Motormuzejs" stop. The Motormuseum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission costs about 2 LVL (or $4 USD) Check out its official website for more details.