Riga Motor Museum
Riga Motor Museum is the largest museum of rare auto and mechanical transport in the Baltic countries, which was founded in 1989.
On April 22, 1989, the opening ceremony of the Riga Motor Museum was held. The opening date was symbolic: a clean-up day on Lenin’s birthday, on the day on which the legendary Auto Union was rescued from the ZIL plant in Moscow in 1976. With the opening of the museum, at that time (and today) the largest antique car museum in the Baltic States was added to the number of significant cultural and educational institutions of Latvia. In 1989, 75,000 people visited the new museum, a year later the number grew to 130,000.
The purpose of the museum is to collect, exhibit and explore rare cars and mechanical vehicles, to study the history of their appearance, use and development, including to show the development of the history of the automotive industry in Latvia.
Cars, mopeds and bicycles made in Latvia.
The Riga Motor Museum is an opportunity to see such examples of the Latvian automotive industry as the Russo-Balt fire truck, Ford cars Vairogs V8 and Junior-10 models created by the Riga carriage factory, as well as the products of the Riga Bus Factory (RAF) – well-known minibuses and passenger bus RAF – 976.
Kremlin automobile collection
In the Kremlin collection, the museum’s motor can be seen at the top-class limousines of the leaders of the USSR, luxury imported cars of the 30s of the last century, as well as L.I. Brezhnev.
Pre-war cars and motorcycles
The museum displays both Ford-T (1919) and the Chevrolet-Superior mod, popular around the world. “F” (1924), as well as less well-known car models, such as the 12/50 Tourer, released in Germany in 1924. In the exhibition you can see German cars produced in the second half of the 30s of the last century. For example, the BMW-328 sports roadster, the small mass car Mercedes-Benz 170V, as well as the exclusive Horch-853.
Special and military equipment
The exposition hall of the ground floor presents military equipment that was fought on the Eastern Front. The collection includes military motorcycles and automobiles from Germany and the Soviet Union, as well as a Studebaker US 6 truck, Willys MB light SUV, Harley-Davidson WLA 42 and Indian 741 B motorcycles received in 1942 from the US Lend-Lease
In the permanent exhibition of the Riga Motor Museum there is an opportunity to look at a unique collection of racing and record cars. Auto – Union Typ C / D car (Germany 1938) designed for mountain competitions, one of the most unique exhibits in this collection and the entire museum.
Cars and motorcycles of the Soviet era
The Riga Motor Museum was given possession of many well-preserved Soviet cars, which occupy an important place in the museum’s exposition, starting from the first Moskvich and ending with various Lada models. The museum’s collection quite fully shows cars that used to drive along the roads of the USSR.
Riga Motor Museum for children. Road safety
The main goal of the Road Safety classes is to introduce children to the basics of traffic safety rules, as well as prepare them to take a theoretical right test for cyclists. The Riga Motor Museum offers the opportunity to take the CSDD exam both for groups and individually.
Science and technology
In classes on science and technology, children and adolescents will be able to try various experiments related not only to the history of the automotive industry, but also various everyday things that they probably never thought about.
Automotive History Tour
Riga Motor Museum offers a special tour of the history and development of the automotive industry for children and young enthusiasts. A guided tour takes about 40-60 minutes.
Museum activities for children
Riga Motor Museum offers an interactive tour for children in accordance with their age, as well as congratulations to the hero of the day. You can continue the celebration after a tour of the museum in a cafe or teacher’s class.
Also offers festive events in the sports complex “Bikernieki” on the motorway, at ul. Eisenstein 4.
To make an appointment on the day of the celebration, please call +371 67025888 in advance. For reservation of a cafe or a holiday table, please contact the cafe’s administration +371 25367109, e-pasts: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interactivity – what should children do in a museum?
A visit to the Riga Motor Museum is an exciting adventure for the whole day. In the museum for children, interactive workstations, recreation areas with various games, a playground where young car enthusiasts can feel like driving a car are available.
On the basis of the Bikernieki sports complex, there is a section on auto-modeling, in which children and adolescents are offered the opportunity to construct cars themselves, which can then take part in competitions. In the section there is an opportunity to get initial knowledge about technology, electronics and metalworking.
Led the exam.
Along with the car, the bicycle is also a full-fledged participant in the traffic, for which you must have a driver’s license. Riga Motor Museum offers the opportunity to take the CSDD exam both for groups and individually.
Information for visiting Riga Motor Museum
Riga Motor Museum is waiting for you every day from 10:00 to 18:00. A visit to the exposition can take you about 2 hours, so we recommend you to arrive in advance, until 16:30.
The museum is closed 24., 25., 26., 31. December and 1 January