Latvian Railway History Museum in Riga

The initial steps in the development of the museum started with the inventory of historic rolling stock preserved in Latvia, of the objects and photographs about the history of railways. The collected material and objects comprised the basis of the first exhibition opened on 5 August 1994 on the 75th anniversary of the Latvian railways. 

On 30 August 1994, three branches of the museum were set up – in Riga, Jelgava and Daugavpils. On 2 August 1997, the small exposition hall was opened on Uzvaras Bulvāris, Riga, featuring the history of railways in Latvia. In 2000, the museum moved to new facilities not only accommodating a display, but also hosting events, concerts and exhibitions.  

Major collections in the museum's holdings contain photographic negatives, postcards and photographs, featuring railway stations, engineering structures, the process of building railway lines, opening ceremonies for bridges, scenes from railwaymen's life and work, locomotives with passenger cars and goods wagons. The second largest group of objects is communications and signaling equipment, as well as stations' work implements and tools, and the collections of railway personnel uniforms and insignia.

Exposition in Jelgava and Daugavpils

The sources of the Jelgava Railway Museum date back to the early 1980s. In February 1981, the Board of the Jelgava District Branch of the Railway Employees' Trade Union took a decision to establish the Jelgava Railway public museum of the military and labour glory, which was launched on 24. December 1981. 

In 1997, an exposition was displayed in this building featuring the Jelgava Railway Junction, 600mm railways in Kurzeme, communications and signalling equipment. Until 2005 including, the Jelgava exposition was developed and maintained by a long-term railway employee, member of the Latvian Railwaymen Association Leons Skandats. In summer 2005, the roof of the old building was repaired and sanitary facilities upgraded.

The Daugavpils branch was established in autumn of 1994 in association with the Personnel Department of the Daugavpils Operation District, and the expositions was hosted by the Railwaymen's Culture Centre building. The branch was closed as from 31 December 1999.

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  • Languages spoken: 
    • English
    • German
    • Latvian
    • Russian
  • Admission fee: 
  • Payment methods: 
    • Cash
  • Exhibitions
  • Souvenirs
Amenities and Features: 
  • Access for disabled people
  • Free parking
  • WC
  • WiFi Internet
Working Hours: 

Tuesday – Saturday  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Last updated: 09.09.2014