Museum of Occupation Riga
The Museum of Occupation opened its doors in 1993, with a mission to educate, commemorate and preserve the history of Latvia under 51 years of occupation.
Detailing the life and times of the Latvian people under occupation of the USSR and Nazi Germany, the museum offers visitors the chance to step back in time and understand the struggle of this nation which finally gained sovereignty in 1991.
Explore the Museum
100,000 visitors step through the doors of the museum every year to explore Latvia’s troubled past, exploring the temporary and permanent exhibitions which display artefacts and archive documents from the period.
Take a guided tour around the museum, visiting the reconstructed barracks of a Gulag, or browse the collection of artefacts with an audio guide. The permanent collection portrays life during occupation, documenting the subjugation of Latvians and examining the politics and totalitarian ideologies.
Learn of the events leading up to Latvia's occupation, when a Soviet and Nazi pact was signed, through to the struggle for independence during the 1980s and finally gaining sovereignty in 1991.
Visit the Museum of Occupation
Easily reachable from hotels in Riga city centre, the museum can be found close to St Peters Church Tower and Riga University.
The museum opens 11am-6pm every day, with shorter hours during winter.