The first stage of the opened museum presents the authentically restored hall, the sitting room with a bay window and the fireplace room, fitted with Art Nouveau furniture and items.
Riga Art Nouveau Museum aims to maintain and popularise the diverse art of Riga Art Nouveau. The Museum displays the very essence of Art Nouveau – from the authentic layout of the chambers and original wall paintings to the most elaborate details, including stained glass windows, kitchen tiles and even doorknobs. The museum also immortalizes the work and achievements of the outstanding Latvian architect Konstantīns Pēkšēns, who has designed about 250 Art Nouveau buildings in Riga.
“Riga is a metropolis of Art Nouveau and has deserved an Art Nouveau museum for a long time. Inhabitants of Riga can be proud of having our own Art Nouveau museum which will present the history of the city to us and to the world. I am convinced that Riga Art Nouveau Museum with its restored interior and the plentiful exposition will become a significant part of the Europe Art Nouveau heritage,” said the Head of Riga City Council, Jānis Birks.
The first stage of the opened museum presents the authentically restored hall, the sitting room with a bay window and the fireplace room, fitted with Art Nouveau furniture and items. Riga Culture Agency is delighted to open the museum exactly by the start of tourist season. The second stage of the museum will soon be opened and include other authentically restored main floor chambers: the dining room, the bedroom, the maid’s room, the kitchen and the bathroom. In the base storey an educational and attractive digital exposition on Art Nouveau will be opened.
“The premises of Riga Art Nouveau Museum are unique: they possess historical value as well as outstandingly authentic Art Nouveau interior design. Riga Culture Agency is proud to have established a new museum in Riga that will give the chance to explore the history of the city and the way of life people lead in Riga almost 100 years ago. It makes sense that we open this museum the very same year when the Latvian architect Konstantīns Pēkšēns would celebrate his 150th birthday,” says Brigita Rozenbrika, manager of Riga Culture Agency.
The exposition has been designed by architect Liesma Markova, the restoration works supervised by Gunita Čakare. The collection of Riga Art Nouveau Museum includes more than 500 authentic items: original Art Nouveau furniture, dishes, needlework, garments and many others. The entrance to Riga Art Nouveau Museum is situated on Strēlnieku Street.
Admission: Ls 1, children – free of charge.