This little known museum has an amazing collection of soviet era helicopters and even some jets. It is run by a private collector who has built up the collection over the past ten years. Rarely seem outside Russia these copters and planes are impressive and interesting and if you have an hour whilst waiting for your flight can be seen for small fee
Ten min walk from the main terminal...ask the helpful staff on the information kiosk inside the building as other staff seem unaware of its existence (as do official tourist info in riga)
full info and list of exhibits here
Only bettered by the equally unknown air museum at east midlands aiport (ask in aircraft model shop...the only one I have ever found in an airport even though that would seem a great place for one!)
A quirky little museum that claims to be the only museum in the world devoted to the Sun. I have no reason to doubt this claim and the museum has a section on astronomy (currently only in Latvian except for a short dvd) and a collection of sun related sculptures and painted sun signs from all over the world. As well as being artistic they also reveal a lot about the attitude of humans to the sun, from the all seeing eye sun from Turkey to the animated Indonesian sun devil and traditional Latvian sun charms. You also get the chance to create your own sun sculpture. A quirky little museum created by a private collector
We had a great day out of Riga. Me and my friends from the UK booked the Liepaja tour from the local tour operator Around Latvia. I personally would recommend this tour if you are interested in the military and the history.
One of the great pleasures of historic central Riga (Vecrīga) is aimless wandering, and you’ll find some of the most evocative streets and lanes at the northern end of the Old Town. Don’t miss the narrow, intimate Trokšnų iela, and the Swedish Gate at Aldaru iela. Close by are the equally photogenic Mazā Pils iela and Klostera iela.
Trokšnų iela, Aldaru iela, Mazā Pils iela & Klostera iela
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