Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation is located in the heart of Old Riga, in a remarkable architectural monument of the 13th–20th centuries – Riga Dome Cathedral and monastery ensemble. Museum is the oldest in Latvia and the whole of the Baltics, and one of the oldest museums open to the public in Europe. Museum originated in 1773 as a private collection of Nikolaus von Himsel, a Riga doctor.

The Museum exhibition follows up the development of Riga from the ancient villages of Riga to the middle of the 20th century and the and the history of Latvian navigation from the 10th century to the present. The Column Hall, built in 1778, is an outstanding example of 18th century Baltic region Classicism style. The Silver Cabinet offers to view about 300 most valuable objects of the Museum precious metals collection.

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