About the Museum
The Museum “Jews in Latvia” was founded in 1989 by a group of Holocaust survivors led by prominent historian Margers Vestermanis with the goal of preserving for future generations all available tangible and intangible evidence of 450 years of Jewish history in Latvia.
The mission of the Museum “Jews in Latvia” is to identify, preserve and immortalise the rich cultural heritage and history of the Latvian Jewish community, to acquaint the public with Jewish cultural and historical values, to promote social cohesion, mutual respect and understanding of Latvian and world’s diversity.
The museum is located on the 3rd floor of the Riga Jewish Community Building.
In the beginning the museum acted as a centre of documentation. In 1996 a small exhibition was opened, which, however, aroused great public interest. At present, the museum’s exhibition is located in three rooms, presenting the history of Jews in Latvia from the first Jewish communities in Latvia in the 16th century to 1945.
The museum belongs to the Jewish community of Riga and is one of the few private museums, accredited by the state, in Latvia.
The museum’s collection is extensive and varied, thanks in large part to the support of visitors and volunteers, who facilitated the acquisition of new material. We are very grateful for any help broadening our museum’s collection with documents and photos from your private archives and family albums.