Museum of Riga's History and Navigation, Riga

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Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation is housed by the Riga Dom Cathedral ensemble in the heart of the Old Riga, Latvia. It originated in 1773 as a private collection of Nikolaus von Himsel, a Riga doctor and, being one of the oldest museums in Europe, over the centuries it has grown into the largest collection of material evidence of the history of Riga.
During the reconstruction of the Riga Dom Cathedral in the 1890s, part of the former monastery was converted to serve the needs of the Dom Museum. It is the first building in the history of Riga to have been built for a museum, and the inscription on the museum front bears testimony to this. Within the premises there is the Column Hall, built in 1778 in the Classicism style, which housed the library until 1891. The hall is now being used for conferences and a historical 18th—19th centuries exhibition. The Column Hall faces the 13th century groin vaulted gallery and the Riga Dom Cathedral yard, a remarkable Romanesque and Gothic monument of the kind in the Baltic states. The Riga Dom Cathedral ensemble itself is an aesthetic treat that provides information about different periods in the construction of Riga.
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  • From the outside this looks small but there is a lot to see and you need a few hours at least. The history of Riga is well displayed in an interesting way. The staff are helpful too. If you visit at.....  more »
  • This museum is one of a kind in Riga. It dives deep into the city's history under different rulers with exhausting attention to detail. It's location is next to the Dome Church and entrance is only 5....  more »
  • This little museum does what it promises. It takes you through the history of the city in a detailed and informative way, without being overwhelming. Each hall, organised chronologically is provided with booklets printed in Latvian, English, German and Russian. The wealth of artifacts and exhibits is sufficient to give a clear idea of living and social conditions under each specific period covered. The "museum of navigation" section is almost an afterthought, rightly saved for last during the visit.
  • Well laid out. Would have liked a coffee break half way round. Very informative.

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