Rīga History & Navigation Museum

Old Rīga

Founded in 1773 and situated in the old Rīga Cathedral monastery, this engaging museum presents the sweep of local history, from the Bronze Age all the way to WWII. Artefacts, including lovely pre-Christian jewellery and beautiful furnishings and clothing from the art nouveau period, help tell the story. A highlight is the beautiful neoclassical Column Hall, built when Latvia was part of the Russian Empire. Kids of all ages love the rooms full of ship models.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Old Rīga attractions

1. Rīga Cathedral

0.04 MILES

Founded in 1211 as the seat of the Rīga diocese, this enormous (once Catholic, now Evangelical Lutheran) cathedral is the largest medieval church in the…

2. Museum of the Barricades of 1991

0.06 MILES

Latvia's independence came after enormous struggles. One of the most remarkable stories involves the barricades built by thousands of citizens around…

3. Town Hall

0.08 MILES

Rīga's historic town hall was destroyed in WWII and rebuilt from scratch in 2003. A statue of St Roland, the city’s patron, takes pride of place on the…

4. Art Museum Rīga Bourse

0.09 MILES

Rīga’s lavishly restored 1852 stock exchange building is a worthy showcase for the city's art treasures. The elaborate facade features a coterie of…

5. Statue of St Roland

0.11 MILES

A statue of St Roland, the city’s patron, takes pride of place on the square in front of the town hall.

6. Three Brothers

0.13 MILES

Tallinn has its Three Sisters, so Rīga has dubbed three of its old stone houses the Three Brothers. These architectural gems conveniently line up in a…

7. Latvian Riflemen Monument

0.13 MILES

Latvian Riflemen Sq, on the west side of the future home of the Occupation Museum, is dominated by the imposing and controversial statue honouring Latvia…