The cream of culture

Not for nothing is Riga called "The Land That Sings". Aside from the fact that the renowned Latvian National Opera Company regularly exercise their vocal chords in the capital, there's also the small matter of the Latvian Song Festival held in Mezaparks every five years - the nation's biggest event bar none! With regular classical concerts taking place in the Old Town's finest churches, not to mention ad hoc renditions by Latvia's worthy sports fans and drunkards, you're sure to discover the power of song in Riga. A fine tradition of theatre and a few excellent museums ensure that Riga doesn't disappoint on the culture front. See our directory of venues or click here a fuller flavour of culture in the capital.

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Top rated culture in Riga

St. Peter's Church

Age old feature of the Riga skyline

Church     Old Town

Culture and Arts Project NOASS

An active Association of Arts and Culture

Arts centre     City Centre

House of Blackheads

Resurrected architectural wonder

Venue     Old Town

Latvian National Museum of Art

VIP experience for art lovers

Museum     City Centre

Riga Dome Cathedral

Organ envy

Church     Old Town

Museum of Occupations

Grim but essential museum

Museum     Old Town

Art Nouveau Centre

In with the new

Museum     Old Town

Art Museum Riga Bourse

Masters at work

Museum     Old Town

Powder Tower

A tower that used to hold powder, how exciting!

Museum     Old Town

Open Air Museum

Easier than a time machine - and no flux capacitor needed!

Museum     Further Afield

Latvian Photography Museum

Picture Perfect

Museum     Old Town

Riga Castle

Feel like royalty in Riga

Museum     Old Town

Old City Walls

The last of Riga's fortifications

Fortification     Old Town

Nativity of Christ Cathedral

Largest Orthodox cathedral in Baltic states

Church     Central District

Latvian Railway Museum

All aboard

Museum     Marupite

Porcelain Museum

The art of ceramics

Museum     Old Town

Aviation Museum

Flight into the past

Museum     Marupe

Russian Drama Theatre

A stage for all the world

Theatre     Old Town

Film Museum

Eisenstein was here

Museum     Old Town

Riga Ghetto

Holocaust memorial

Museum     Old Town

Water Supply Museum

Tap into history

Museum     Adazi

Museum of Anatomy

Evidence of bodies

Museum     Old Town

Mentzendorff House

How the wealthy lived

Museum     Old Town

Riga Opera House

One of the best in the world

Opera     Old Town

Freedom Monument

Monument to freedom towering above Riga

Monument     Central District

Academy of Science

Riga's ugly sister

Academy     City Centre South

Dailes Teatris

Theatre with a rich history

Theatre     Old Town

Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

Art and design in the oldest stone building in Riga

Museum     Central District

New Riga Theatre

Speechless performances

Theatre     City Centre

Three Brothers

Medieval architecture in Riga

Architectural Interest     Old Town

New Theatre Institute of Latvia

Institute of Latvian drama

Theatre     Central District

Culture Palace VEF

A palace of culture in Soviet style

Venue     Central District

Riga Gallery

Riga's centre for contemporary art

Gallery     Old Town

Sapnu Fabrika

Multi-functional events venue

Venue     Central District

Riga Latvian Society House

Beautiful and historic multi-purpose venue

Venue     Central District

Motor Museum

The magic of motors


Pharmacy Museum

Just what the doctor ordered

Museum     Old Town

Museum of Geology

This place rocks

Museum     Old Town

Laima Clock

A timely masterpiece

Monument     Old Town

Rundale Palace

Take a peek at the Duke's bedroom

Museum     Rundale

Latvia Sports Museum

Latvia has sporting heroes? Oh yes...

Museum     Old Town

Valmiermuiza Brewery

Where the beer comes from

Brewery     Valmiera

Galerija 21

Ugliness not allowed

Gallery     Old Town

Galerija Templis

New gallery with bold ambitions

Art Gallery     City Centre North
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