Latvian National Museum of Art

Central Rīga

Latvia's main gallery, sitting on the edge of the Esplanāde's leafy grounds, is an impressive building that was purpose-built in a baroque-classical style in 1905. The paintings form a who's-who of Latvian art from the 18th to late 20th centuries. Watch for temporary exhibitions.

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