National History Museum finishes move

Last Friday the staff of the Latvian National History Museum bade farewell to the fire-damaged premises in the Riga Castle where it had been housed for the past 94 years.

As museum director Arnis Radiņš told Latvian Radio, the past four months have been spent moving more than one-and-a-half million artifacts to two new premises downtown, a gargantuan task to say the least, however the team somehow lovingly got it done.

Needless to say, the fire that broke before midsummer’s eve 2013 out during the reconstruction of the architectural monument that houses the President’s Chancellery, but had become in dire need of repair and restoration work over the decades, hastened the urgency of the History Museum collections.

“It was a tense time… a huge operation… a heroic effort,” said director Radins.

He promised that the expositions would be made available for public view as soon as possible this month, although he admitted space in the new premises was at a premium.

 

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