Latvian National Museum Of Art

Latvian National Museum Of Art

Latvian National Museum Of Art
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Latvian National Museum of Art is the most important art museum in Latvia and the first building in the Baltics designed specifically for the needs of a museum. The museum's building is an architectural monument of national significance. It is one of the most impressive historicist buildings in the Riga Boulevard Circle. Following the reconstruction from 2013 to 2016, a new permanent exposition, Latvian Art. 19th–20th Century, has been created. It presents an overview of Latvian art history over the course of two centuries. The aim of the exposition is to build a visual and emotional story of the development of Latvian art by highlighting the most important works and personalities in culture-historical, political and social context.
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  • ElaineAndGreg
    Chesterland, Ohio3,040 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Attractive Latvian Art in Art-Nouveau Structure
    Latvian National Museum of Art The Latvian National Museum of Art was built in the early 1900s. The museum focuses overwhelmingly on Latvian art from the 1800s up to the present. You will not likely find paintings by “name” artists from other countries. The building itself is at the end of one of Riga’s nice parks, in a building that looks like a classical art museum in an Art-Nouveau style. The building is attractive both inside and out. Be sure to go onto the top floors, which are more modern, but interesting in their own right. The art itself is primarily on the first two floors, but they have renovated everything up to attic space in the structure to display more modern/contemporary art. Most of the art on the first two floors is from the 20th century (which makes sense given that the building was built just after 1900) with some works in this century). The names of the art are displayed in both Latvian and English, but there is little descriptive material, which we would have appreciated. Many of the paintings are in a post-Impressionist style. We liked many of the works and recognized the various styles. While the artists themselves were unfamiliar to us, we appreciated the opportunity to see something newer. One room has some very nice works from the [Russian] avant-garde movement. Karlis Johansons was an influential Latvian constructivist artist within that movement. These are largely abstract shapes, but you can see the influence in many modern artworks. We spent about wo hours here, which seemed right. This is one of many good places in Riga to experience its culture. If you are interested, there are several other smaller art museums in Riga affiliated with this one you can find on its website.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Ida Heiseldal
    Fredrikstad, Norway66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A classic, extensive museum.
    This is a beautiful, extensive art museum of the classical sort. It showcases mesmerizing art works both from Latvian artists and others, dating back to the 1700s, some famous ones even to the untrained eye, and some more peripheral ones. I strongly suggest you visit this museum on your first trip to Riga. A beautiful collection of artworks indeed.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 January 2024
  • BMishra
    New York City, New York53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable art museum in Riga
    We aren’t huge art people but throughly enjoyed a visit to the museum. The building is unique and has some interesting features like the visible storage facility that shows how art is typically stored in museums. There was a nice combination of temporary and permanent exhibits featuring Latvian artists. A nice stop!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 February 2024
  • Kalina
    Plymouth, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A visits is a must
    My friends and I had few extra hours to spend and decided to visit the museum. It did not disappoint, the Latvian art throughout the years was very exciting to see with some breath taking pieces while others , disturbing. I hugely recommend going as you will definitely find a piece / era you like. We were very very lucky to catch the Jazeps Grosvalds exhibition. The prices were good and even better if you’re a student as they offer students discounts ( we were Uk students so they accept foreign students cards)
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 February 2024
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Leo1245
Moscow29 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Disappointing experience. The exhibition is poor, atmosphere is heavy and dull. The building is nice though. Overall, it’s not worth the time spent
Written 16 April 2024
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Kalina
Plymouth, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
My friends and I had few extra hours to spend and decided to visit the museum. It did not disappoint, the Latvian art throughout the years was very exciting to see with some breath taking pieces while others , disturbing. I hugely recommend going as you will definitely find a piece / era you like. We were very very lucky to catch the Jazeps Grosvalds exhibition. The prices were good and even better if you’re a student as they offer students discounts ( we were Uk students so they accept foreign students cards)
Written 24 February 2024
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BMishra
New York City, NY53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We aren’t huge art people but throughly enjoyed a visit to the museum. The building is unique and has some interesting features like the visible storage facility that shows how art is typically stored in museums. There was a nice combination of temporary and permanent exhibits featuring Latvian artists. A nice stop!
Written 18 February 2024
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Ida Heiseldal
Fredrikstad, Norway66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
This is a beautiful, extensive art museum of the classical sort. It showcases mesmerizing art works both from Latvian artists and others, dating back to the 1700s, some famous ones even to the untrained eye, and some more peripheral ones. I strongly suggest you visit this museum on your first trip to Riga. A beautiful collection of artworks indeed.
Written 6 January 2024
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Sophia M
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A pretty nice exhibition of latvian art through different eras, paintings of latvian artists and representations of different art styles. Worth a visit, given that the student price was 4.5€
Written 12 November 2023
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Kieran T
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
One of the best galleries I've been to. A fantastic mix of displays that told an informative history of Latvia. The highlight of the permanent exhibitions is the art from the Soviet occupation period - an amazing insight into conflict between Latvian culture and Soviet oppression.

There is also a great, more child-friendly exhibit near the top of the building, with some interactive elements and a great display on the history of pigments.

If you are travelling before the end of the Don't Cry exhibition, this is a must-see! It showcases Latvian feminist art from the last few decades.

The building itself is very impressive and there is a rooftop terrace offering lovely views. The toilets and other facilities were high quality and very clean and the staff very friendly
Written 15 September 2023
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Hugh
South Ozone Park, NY1,323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
This museum is a “must”. It is chock full of great artists you’ve never heard of and will be grateful for meeting.
Written 13 July 2023
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH3,040 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Latvian National Museum of Art

The Latvian National Museum of Art was built in the early 1900s. The museum focuses overwhelmingly on Latvian art from the 1800s up to the present. You will not likely find paintings by “name” artists from other countries.

The building itself is at the end of one of Riga’s nice parks, in a building that looks like a classical art museum in an Art-Nouveau style. The building is attractive both inside and out. Be sure to go onto the top floors, which are more modern, but interesting in their own right.

The art itself is primarily on the first two floors, but they have renovated everything up to attic space in the structure to display more modern/contemporary art. Most of the art on the first two floors is from the 20th century (which makes sense given that the building was built just after 1900) with some works in this century).

The names of the art are displayed in both Latvian and English, but there is little descriptive material, which we would have appreciated. Many of the paintings are in a post-Impressionist style. We liked many of the works and recognized the various styles. While the artists themselves were unfamiliar to us, we appreciated the opportunity to see something newer.

One room has some very nice works from the [Russian] avant-garde movement. Karlis Johansons was an influential Latvian constructivist artist within that movement. These are largely abstract shapes, but you can see the influence in many modern artworks.

We spent about wo hours here, which seemed right. This is one of many good places in Riga to experience its culture. If you are interested, there are several other smaller art museums in Riga affiliated with this one you can find on its website.
Written 3 July 2023
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Siret U
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Really surprinsingly high level and wive variety of art from diferent eras and nice terrace with views.
Written 5 June 2023
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Coleene
Ear Falls, Canada9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
You are treated to a grand staircase right as you enter. That is where the greatness stops. It is all downhill from there. Staffs are downright rude, exhibits are not wow. Inside of this museum is like a gloomy cloudy day.
Written 28 April 2023
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