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Ģ.Eliass Jelgava History and Art Museum - Academia Petrina
The museum building known by its historic name Academia Petrina, was built in 1775 on the initiative of Peter Biron, the last Duke of Courland and Semigallia, on the site of the former ducal mansion in the city, and once hosted the first university in Latvia. The author of the reconstruction design project is architect S. Jensens.
The museum's exposition tells a story of the political, economic and cultural life in the city and district of Jelgava from the most distant past to modern days, with a special focus on Jelgava, the city reduced to ruins during World War II, the city once known in Europe as the capital of the Duchy of Courland and Semigallia, and later - as that of the Courland Governorate and Zemgale region.
The biggest treasure in the museum holdings is the collection of the works by Ģederts Eliass (1887-1975), an old master of Latvian painting, and a part of the collection can be viewed as a permanent exposition. When in the museum's yard, visitors will feel like transferred back in time to 1840s, because everything – both the decorative fencing and the driveway - has been restored to look like in those days.
The museum offers a new educational programme and excursions for different age groups.