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Arts & Museums
The Pauls Stradins Museum of the History of Medicine traces the developments in the field of medicine and is one of the biggest medical museums in the world. Named after Pauls Stradiņš, a renowned oncologist and surgeon, the museum is spread over four floors, each telling the story of this meticulous science. Discover the age-old practices of shamans, the diseases and cures of the past centuries and the new discoveries and inventions over the years. Noteworthy exhibits are the two-headed dog, the iron lung and artificial blood circulation apparatus.
The Latvijas Ugunsdzēsības Muzejs (Fire Fighting Museum) in Riga is an attempt to showcase the life and paraphernalia of fire fighters. The labyrinth building houses some great fire fighting equipments, uniforms, engine pumps, tools, helmets and nozzles to name a few. Dedicated mainly to the Latvian fire fighters, the museum is home to more than a century's worth of valuable pieces. They also conduct educational programs for children about safety regulations and solutions to keep one safe in case of fire.
Birkenfelds is an art gallery in Old Town, offering contemporary art by local artists. It hosts regular expositions and events to promote art and local talent. For further details, call ahead or check the website.
This museum was founded in 1916 and moved into the Powder Tower in 1919 where it is still located. It displays photos and documents of various wars of the 9th and 16th Centuries as well as the 20th Century, including World War I and World War II.
Established in 1992, Riga Gallery is a major art-expo and events venue across the country. Internationally acclaimed artists like Andris Breže, Ģirts Muižnieks and Helēna Heinrihsone have displayed their collection at this gallery. It's calendar boasts of diverse exhibitions covering a wide range, right from paintings to sculptures. For complete information on up-coming expositions and other details, call ahead or check the website.
Art Gallery Templis has unique contemporary art that is sure to thrill any art lover. The gallery is known for displaying Inner Light artwork where artists use fluorescent paint on the artwork so the mood and image will change based on the lighting. This interesting style allows the painting to transform when seen under black light.
Lita Art gallery is located right in the center of Old Riga and features the work of local artists. Art events, exhibitions and many other functions are organized by the gallery with the sole aim of promoting art. While in Riga, art-lovers should check-out this creative space. For further details and updated timings, please call ahead.
RA is a gallery in Old Town established by gifted artist Rahmet Redzepov. This contemporary artists excels in portraits and landscapes. Right from nudes to flowers, Rahmet captures the beauty on his canvas. You can check-out his amazing collection at Gallery RA. For further details and updated timings, please call ahead.
Melngalvju nams (The House of Blackheads), the impressive Gothic treasure of Riga, was first mentioned in 1334 as a building owned by the Great Guild and the place for public gatherings. In the 15th-century Blackheads – an organization of unmarried foreign merchants rented it and later, in 1713 became its owner. The name of the brotherhood comes from St. Mauritius – imagery African moor whom they chose to be their patron. Due to the high social position the brotherhood had their headquarters became the center of all sorts of cultural events to which even Russian tsars were invited. It was also used as a concert hall and was visited by such musicians as Wagner and List. As a German merchant club the Brotherhood of Blackheads existed in Riga until 1939. Destroyed in 1941, it was rebuilt in 2001.There is a museum and a concert hall in the building today.
Located in Old Riga, Mencendorfa Nams is a beautifully maintained house dating back to the 17th century. Antique lovers will get to observe interesting furniture and household items that once belonged to a rich coffee merchant named August Mencendorff. Affiliated to the Riga Museum of History and Navigation, it also houses artifacts from the museum's collection. Exhibitions are displayed in the Attic and Cellar, check website for schedules.
The Museum of The Occupation of Latvia houses several artifacts, keepsakes, manuscripts, documents and photos that are evident of the occupation scenario of Latvia for a period of 52 years, starting from 1940 until 1991. The museum also provides information and research material on the events that resulted in Soviet and Nazi conquest. The Occupation Museum provides a good source of information for scientific and educational purposes. For updated timings, please call ahead or check the website.
The Artists' Union Of Latvia Gallery unites over 1200 professional artists and art historians. Occasional exhibitions are held. For updated timings and other details, call ahead.