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Balvi Regional Museum
The establishment of Balvi Regional Museum was an issue several times brought forward in public already since 1970s, but it gained new force with the beginning of the Third Awakening, when Balvi became the only region without own museum.
Other premises were provided to the museum, i.e., the former day-care centre at Brīvības Street 48, which had to be acquired and adjust to the needs of the museum. In the beginning everything was accumulated and summarized for preservation and maintenance.
In 2000 the directions of completing the museum stock were determined and now the museum stock has approx. 23 thousand exhibits. The collections of photo materials, print works and philately are the largest.
The museum offers museum educational programmes and excursions around town. Art and other different exhibitions are displayed at the exhibition hall on regular basis. Two exhibitions have been organized: The first exhibition History Pages of Balvi Region (“Balvu novada vēstures lappuses”) (the exhibition has maintained its name for the entire time, but the pages are updated every year on the basis of new studies) was opened on 18 May 1994, and the second exhibition Memorial Room of Jānis Ūdris (“Jāņa Ūdra piemiņas istaba”) was opened in 2003.