Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, RigaMuseum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga

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    This museum is quite renown in the region. Nice Explo however!
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      Nice description. Any tip to add?
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An interesting museum to learn more about Latvian Decorative Art.

My experience, Explo description: 

The museum is situated in the former St.George's church (the oldest stone building in Riga).

It mostly displays design objects created by Latvian artists.

Latvian decorative artists (among them Jūlijs Madernieks (1870–1955), Jūlijs Straume (1874–1970), Ansis Cīrulis (1883–1942), Jēkabs Bīne (1895–1955), Arvīds Dzērvītis (1847–1942)) have been mostly inspired by folk craft traditions, ethnographic heritage, with a search for their national identity, applied to the decorative art.

The museum owns a huge collection of Latvian modernism (Romans Suta (1896–1944), Aleksandra Beļcova (1892–1981) and Sigismunds Vidbergs (1890–1970)). Latvian modernism is defined by the abstract geometrical forms inspired by the Cubist, Futurist and Art Deco movements, decorative colours and shapes and graphic subtlety. The collection of works spans the time from the late 1800s to the present.

Permanent display are on the 2nd and 3rd floors, whereas the exhibition hall is on the ground floor.

Depending on what you like, the museum comprises 7 collections: textile art, ceramics and porcelain, metal art, leather art, decorative woodworking, glass art and design.

How getting there: 

Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Skarnu Street 10/20, Riga, Latvia

A tip to eat: 

In the city center. Many restaurants!

A tip to sleep: 

Hotel Tiger (cheap, central and clean).

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

Every day 11.00am-17.00pm
Wednesdays 11:00am to 19:00pm
Reception desk closes 15min before closing time.

Visit duration: 

1 hour to 2 hours.

Entry fees: 

Collection:
-Adults LVL 2.00
-Students, children LVL 1.00

Current exhibition
-Adults LVL 3.00
-Students, children LVL 1.00