The Museum of History of Riga & Navigation

About the Museum of History of Riga & Navigation

Located at the Riga Cathedral ensemble, this museum is one of the oldest in Europe. The museum started as an art and natural sciences collection from Nikolaus von Himsel (1729 – 1764), who was a doctor in Riga. Nikolaus von Himsel instructed his mother to give his collection to the City of Riga upon his death. The City of Riga founded the museum in 1773 and named it after Himsel. In 1791 the museum was moved to the Riga Cathedral ensemble, which had been custom redesigned to specifically house the collection. Over the years it has grown to one of the largest collections evidencing Riga’s history.  

General Information

Address: Palasta iela 4, Riga

Telephone: +37167356676


*This building is located near the Riga Cathedral

Prices & Where to Purchase Tickets


Adult: €5

Student & Senior: €3

School Children: €1

Family (1 – 2 Adults and school age children): €7

 Combined Ticket

Adult: €8

Student & Senior: €5

School Children: €2

*Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation, Mentzendorff’s House and Latvian Museum of Photography

**Must visit the other museums within 24 hours.

Free for the Following

Pre-school aged children

Disability visitors (with the appropriate certification)

Person accompanying a disabled child

All visitors on 18 May (International Museum Day)

Purchase tickets at the museum.

Guided Tours

Per person: €15

*Tours available in Latvian, Russian, English, German

**Book tours in advance by telephone: +37167356676 or +37167356677

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Public Transportation

The closest tram & bus stop is 11. novembra krastmala.

It’s approximately a 5 – 10 minute walk from the stop.

There isn’t any public transportation within Old Town. 

Hours of Operation


11 am to 5 pm – Wednesday to Sunday (October 1 to May  24)

11 am to 5 pm – Daily (May 25 to September 30)


October 1 to May 24 – Monday, Tuesday

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Useful Information

Exhibition write-ups are in Latvian, however booklets in different languages can be found in every room.  It can be quite time consuming trying to match the exhibition and booklet write-ups.

Several tourists recommend this museum.

Attractions near the Museum of History of Riga & Navigation

Riga Cathedral

25/27 Jauniela – Art Nouveau Building

1991 Barricades Museum

St. Saviour’s Anglican Church