Latvian War Museum

About the Latvian War Museum

The Latvian War Museum, originally called the Latvian Riflemen museum, opened in 1921 showcasing material from the Latvian Riflemen and World War I. This changed during the Soviet Era when the museum turned into the Latvian SSR Revolution Museum, focusing on Soviet ideology. Once Latvia gained independence again, the museum was restored to the Latvian War Museum. Today visitors can view the many military and political eras of Latvia’s history with over 25,400 items on display, including: weapons, photos and documents, medals, and different military uniforms.  

General Information

Address: 20, Smilsu Street, (Pulvertornis), Riga

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Tickets Prices


Free – Donations welcomed

Guided Tours

Per Group: €12

*Book tours in advance by telephone: +371 67223743, or by email:

Public Transportation

The closest tram & bus stop is Nacionālā opera or Nacionālais teātris.

There isn’t any public transportation within Old Town. 

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Hours of Operation

10 am to 6 pm – Daily (April to October)

10 am to 5 pm – Daily (November to March)

Useful Information

It takes approximately 1.5 – 2 hours to see this museum.

This museum may not be an appropriate for small children.

Last entrance is 15 minutes prior to closing.

There isn’t very many information signs in English, however booklets are provided and the display layout gives most people an idea of what it is about.

At the entrance, there are lockers free of charge for visitors to store their belongings.

Attractions near the Latvian War Museum

The Old City Walls and Swedish Gates

The Black Cats of Riga

 Freedom Monument

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