Latvian War Museum

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Smilsu iela 20, Riga, Latvia

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EvaJ27 EvaJ27
20 reviews
Latvian War Museum May 20, 2014
Latvian war museum has been established in year 1916 as a museum of Latvian Riflemen and now is the oldest museum.

Since year 1919 the museum is situated in Powder Tower.

Powder tower formerly known as The Sand Tower.For the first time the tower mentioned in the year 1330.In year 1621 when Swedish attack tower were destroyed and remained intact only in the basement,on the year of 1650 was built now visible Powder tower.

Next to powder tower building was built in 1940,as Latvia was occupied later that year,museum was closed.Latvian War museum was re-established only in year 1990.

The Ground floor have a collection of weapons-such as:swords,halberds,pikes,bayonets,crossbows etc...!

The current exhibition tells of Latvian soldiers in the 1st and 2nd world war.Also special place have been given to the Latvian Riflemen who held the front line along the river Daugava for two years.

War museum is located at the entrance to the old town.

Entrance is free,but can donate if you want to.Also in ground floor there is a place for drink or meal.I haven't been there myself so can't review that.

Everybody that have interest of War history is interesting place to be.

Last thing to say that in Museum there are rich collections of photos,documents,awards and uniforms etc...
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Cho says:
Congratulations on your featured review. I read a lot about the history of wars (especially World War II) and try to vist War museums in cities that I visit. Thank you for sharing!
Posted on: May 22, 2014
monky says:
Congrats on your featured review Eva!:D
Posted on: May 22, 2014
sky69 says:
Congrats on your featured review
Posted on: May 22, 2014
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Marjis Marjis
31 reviews
Museum Of War Aug 19, 2012
Museum Of War is placed inside the Powder Tower. It has free admission, but there is a place where you can give a donation to the museum if you want.

The museum has 17 halls (zales in Latvian) on different floors of the tower. It isn't very big place though. I think two of the halls were closed as I never visited 15 or 16. The exhibition is organisized pretty well and there is lots of interesting looking things. There was some situations staged with human-sized dolls, but mostly it was showing the war equipment. Some medals and outfits, and some bigger things like cannons and part of an exercise course. It all looked very fascinating, but unfortunately all the infos were in Latvian. There was some English info on papers, but they were just telling about the times of the wars. I was wishing for English info about the stuff on the showing. It all looked nice, but I was left guessing what the things actually were.

The staff there was pretty bad. I think there was one guide for every hall, which seemed a bit silly as there was more guides than people visiting at the moment. The guides were just talking to each other or reading magazines. One guide was talking into her phone inside one of the exhibition halls. Not very professional.

Well, as it's free of charge, I'd say it's worth visiting if you don't mind not understanding what the things are. You may not learn anything, but some of the things are pretty interesting to see.

Oh, and about the donation: I made a decision that if I'd rate the place 5 or 4 star, I'd give them a lati or few, but as I only rated it three stars I didn't. And I suppose the money would go to hiring unnecessary staff there, which I didn't feel like supporting.
Powder Tower
Entrance of the museum
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sarahthevegasbride sarahthe…
69 reviews
Latvian War Museum Nov 26, 2010
History of the museum

Original roots of Latvian War museum are connected with events of the World War I on the territory of Latvia, with the creation of national military unit – the battalion of Latvian Riflemen had been a part of Russian Czar’s army in 1915. The museum started to work as Riflemen Museum in 1916. During Latvian independence till 1940 mentioned museum had been under the supervision of the War Ministry. Starting from 1919 the museum had been located in the Riga’s ancient Powder tower. The main target of the museums work had been reflection of the national fight for freedom and independence, building of national self-acknowledgement, increasing of love to the Fatherland in museum expositions. Were created expositions - Medieval and Modern history, Latvians participation in the revolution in Russia in 1905, World War I events, Proclamation of independence of Latvia, Liberation fights, state foundation. The museum had rich collections of weapons, photos, documents, medals, military uniform dresses and other collections.

In 1937 was started respectable Powder tower annex building, finished in 1940. New premises had no possibility to start working, due to Soviet Union occupied the Latvian territories on the 17th of June 1940. War museum of Latvia had been removed as well as all institutions in Latvia. Part of the museum collections have been lost, other part have been given to another museums and archives.

From 1957 the museum of the Revolution in the Soviet Republic of Latvia, which introduced ideological opinion of Soviet authority about the 20th century history of Latvia, had been located in the building. However, the museum, in it working period, has been gathered valuable, Soviet system characterized collections. The War museum has been recovered in 1990, due to beginning of Latvia independence restoration processes. The museum target is to open to the society complicate military-political history of Latvia, specially accentuate the 20th century, when Latvians had twice fought back their independence.
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138 reviews
Jul 19, 2007
Quote from the Internet:

The Latvian War Museum was founded in 1916 as the Latvian Riflemen's Museum. Since 1919 the museum has been located in a 14th century powder tower, formerly one of Riga's 25 fortification towers. After two world wars and some reconstruction, the powder tower still exists today.

A new museum extension was added to the powder tower from 1937-1939. The museum was closed by Soviet authorities in 1940 and was reopened in 1990.

The museum houses the permanent exhibitions "Latvian Soldiers During World War I 1914-1918", "Proclamation of the Latvian State and Liberation Battles 1918-1920", "The Latvian Army and Navy 1919-1940", "Latvia and World War II" and "The Road towards the Barricades 1945-1991".

Verdict: First. If you have a latvian guide or friend bring them with you to translate since 98% of the exhibition is in latvian.

This is a great museum with a large exhibit. Some of the museum was closed when we where there (july07), but there was pictures and items that have been used for warfare in Latvia since the 8th century. Its also ALOT of models of different kinds of tanks , cannons and other things from the and 2.nd world war. Like the first German tanks and large japaneese battleships.

This is a 4star museum (which means REALLY good), but since its all in latvian you are just walking around and looking at the things without really getting the big picture. So 3stars if you dont understand latvian

The best thing is that its 100% free.
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