Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

Museum in Rīga

Inhabiting an interesting example of Soviet-era architecture on the main square, this museum (under reconstruction till at least 2017) carefully details Latvia’s Soviet and Nazi occupations between 1940 and 1991. Some of the exhibits are extremely disturbing, including first-hand accounts of the murder of Rīga's once-substantial Jewish population, a recreation of a gulag cell and many gruesome photographs. Allow a couple of hours to take it all in.