Liepaja Museum

The small and cosy Liepaja`s city history museum is located in a building of German architecture style in Kurmajas prospectus 16, Liepaja. As the building is small, the part of exhibition, the one that tells about Liepaja in Occupation period in 20th century, was moved to the other building on K.Ukstina Street 7/9, Liepaja. Expositions of the museum acquaint visitors with stages of history of Liepaja and give an opportunity to look at history of Liepaja city citizens including both: worse and better periods.

Liepaja museum was opened in 1924 and after eleven years it was transferred into premises that are used until nowadays. The building was built by architect Paul Maks Berci, who was following the sketches of famous German architect Ernest Von Ines. The building was constructed as a two floor house with spacious halls and galleries. The founder and leader of the museum was Latvian educator, folk and art researcher Janis Sudmalis.

Liepaja museum storage preserves about 100.000 evidences about the history of Liepaja district, but just 1.500 of them can be exhibited at one time. Though the building of the museum is small, it is divided even into 10 halls that place exhibits of different ages. The first hall of Liepaja museum introduces visitors with archeological monuments that are preserved even from Stone and Iron ages. The secrets of 13th-18th centuries are revealed in the second hall with the help of preserved documents, illustrations, models, clothes and interior details. For centuries Latvians have used tin for kitchenware and interior decorations. These specialties of Latvian décor visitors can explore in the third hall “Tin. Liepajas Museum collection”. Interesting exhibits like paintings, silver coin collection, bicycles and etc of the 19th century are displayed in the 4th hall. The 5th  hall is dedicated to famous Latvian wood carver Michael Pankoks, whose creations are well known not just in Latvia, but also in Swiss. The 9th and the 10th halls reflect the 19th - 20th centuries and are based on the life of humanity: birth, wedding and death. Separately from the main museum exhibition there are additional individual premises designed for Liepaja`s Occupation regimes, that display the period of Soviet and German occupation. Liepaja`s history is an inherent part of Latvian history. Therefore, many history stages, that are displayed in Liepaja museum are very closely bounded with the history of the whole country.

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