About museum

The Latvian National Museum of Art is the most important art museum in Latvia and the first building in the Baltics designed specifically for the needs of an art museum. The museum's building is an architectural monument of national significance. It is one of the most impressive historicist buildings in the Riga Boulevard Circle.

After the reconstruction and renovation of the building Latvian National Museum of Art has acquired modern infrastructure and environment for the exhibition and preservation of works of art, the making of exhibitions as well as for public education and quality free time. Important strategic values in the museum's work are openness and accessibility for the broadest public, thus raising the quality of life for the society around it.

The museum has increased the volume of exhibitions, improved customer service and diversified educational opportunities for the different needs and interests of its visitors. Accompanying events and educational programmes for different age groups provide an opportunity to improve knowledge about art history and contemporary art as well as to develop creativity.

Following the reconstruction, a new permanent exposition, "Latvian Art. 19th–20th Century", has been created. It presents an overview of Latvian art history over the course of two centuries.

The new underground volume contains storage space for 40 000 works of art as well as conservators' studios. The building houses the collections of Latvian painting, graphic art and sculpture encompassing the period from the 18th century to the middle of the 20th century, including three memorial collections that contain a multitude of works of art, documents and memorial objects of Jāzeps Grosvalds, Teodors Zaļkalns and Gustavs Šķilters.

Latvian National Museum of Art is open to the public six days a week. Every last Sunday of the month visitors are able to visit the museum's permanent display free of charge. Museum is closed on Mondays.