Grand reopening of Latvia's Occupation Museum on May 30

On May 30, in the renovated building at Latviešu strēlnieku laukums 1,the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia will host the grand opening of its new exhibition, the museum said in a release on May 26.

President of Latvia Egils Levits and the Minister of Culture Nauris Puntulis will be present. 

Valters Nollendorfs, Chair of the Board of the museum, was quoted: "The planning of the Latvian Occupation Museum’s new permanent exhibition began at the same time as the planning of the Gunārs Birkerts Building for the Future [the new building of the museum], in 2006. It is based on the Museum's mission statement, to explain and commemorate the crimes committed by the totalitarian occupying powers against the people, state and land of Latvia between 1940 and 1991." 

The creation of the exhibition took over two and a half years and has resulted in an 867 m² exhibition featuring 106 specially designed showcases, 70 m² of glass, 570 m² of wall space, 15 video projections, and 19 displays with testimonies and information.

A live stream of the opening event will be available online on the Museum's Facebook and Youtube accounts. The museum will open to the public on June 1st.

 

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