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Riga’s art museums have gathered famous Russian and European artist works boasting a wide collection of Nikolay Rerih’s paintings, and, of course, local artisan and painter creations, unveiling Latvian art’s unique pattern. Numerous thematic museums take you to the world of medicine history, photography and much more, describe the way local people lived, and help truly appreciate the native spirit.
Riga’s art galleries are always busy with visitors, and they exhibit local and foreign artists’ works – paintings, photography, sculptures and installations. These venues are very popular among local publics and foreign visitors, who appreciate fine art.
Latvia is a singing country. And as much as Latvians like to sing, they like to listen to others singing and performing music. Riga offers a variety of concert halls where some of the world’s biggest stars appear. There is something for every taste – classical and chamber music, opera, ballet, rock and pop concerts, theatrical performances all year round. Riga is the home of some of world class stars like Michael Baryshnikov, a brilliant international ballet star and actor, and Elīna Garanča, a world-renowned mezzo-soprano. No wonder why Riga was the Cultural capital of the EU in 2014.
The museum offers exhibitions of medical practice throughout the ages with exhibits like antique medical tools, descriptions of medical treatments and much more.
Address: Antonijas str. 1, Riga
One of the masterpieces of the Old Town, the Riga Dome Cathedral, was built between 1211 – 1270 and is now also a famous concert hall where classical music concerts take place regularly. The real cynosure of the Dome is its giant pipe organ, the biggest in the Baltics; it still is in perfect working condition.
Address: Palasta street 2, old Riga
Built in 1209, St. Peter’s Church is an impressive part of Riga skyline – and the oldest and most valuable monument of medieval architecture in the Baltic States. It is located in the Old Town and was included in the UNESCO World Heritage monuments list. The main attraction here is the 70m high viewing platform with a breathtaking view of the whole city.
Address: Skārņu Street 19, Riga, Latvia, LV-1050
The museum was established in 1924. Today it exhibits 118 folk architecture objects – houses, churches, mills, and many more from all parts of Latvia. Some of the buildings date back to the 17th century, and the newer ones belong to the first half of the 20th century. Inside, traditional interiors, furniture and utensils are preserved to show in detail how the locals lived, and how their way of life varied from region to region.
Address: Adrese: Brīvības gatve 440, Rīga LV-1024
The Latvian National Opera House is home to both the Latvian National Opera and the Latvian National Ballet.
Address: Aspazijas boul. 6, Riga
The National Theatre of Latvia was established a year after the proclamation of The Republic of Latvia – on November 30, 1919 and makes performances for a broad range of audience
Address: Kronvalda boul. 2, Riga
Riga Russian Theatre, opened in 1883, is the oldest Russian theatre in Latvia. Today’s theatre repertoire includes Russian and world classics as well as modern plays.
Address: Kaļķu street 16, Riga