Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

Lonely Planet review

The Latvian government has done an admirable job of razing all traces of Soviet oppression (ie ugly utilitarian structures), but they left one hideous reminder behind to purposefully contrast the rest of Rātslaukums’ ornate architecture. The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia ironically inhabits this Soviet bunker, and carefully details Latvia’s Soviet and Nazi occupations between 1940 and 1991. Some of the exhibits have been curated to shock visitors – dozens of gruesome photographs depict murdered and mangled Latvians. Captions are in a variety of languages, although they can sometimes be difficult to follow without a basic knowledge of Latvia’s recent history. Audioguides are available for supplemental information. Allow a couple of hours to take it all in.