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Mystery photo: Name this museum!

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OK, Cheapos, does this modernist museum ring any bells? Have you been here?

Be the first to guess its identity below! Make sure you give us the city and country, too. (Bonus points for the name of the church in the background.)

Hint: While the museum is dedicated to a rather somber subject, you’ll ultimately leave the building feeling moved and (hopefully) optimistic.

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15 Responses to “Mystery photo: Name this museum!”

travelmom says:

It looks like it has an ‘equality’ banner hanging on it. Is it some kind of ‘equality museum’?

Eva says:

Hmmm…it looks like it’s a Holocaust museum. I’m trying to recall what city this is, though. It’s not Berlin, is it?

Nice guesses, both of you. But wrong.

Anyone else?

Bitsy says:

Oh darn it. I thought it might be somewhere in Germany too. Munich?

I’m guessing it is in Amsterdam. Am I close?

Hi Angela,

Closer… but still 1,800 km away by car! (Hint!)

Eva says:

Ok, I’m going to reach way out there and say it’s Stockholm.

frances says:

Do you mean 1800km from Amsterdam? I’d taking a wild guess, Riga?

Correct city! But what’s the name of the museum?

frances says:

Occupational Museum :)

At first I thought it was Prague, but it’s not 1800km from Amsterdam.

Cool! Never been to Riga, and from your photo I was guessing it was a railroad museum. It looks a little like a station…

For all interested, here’s the link to the museum’s site:
http://www.occupationmuseum.lv/eng/about_us/welcome.html

Hi Frances — congratulations! Good sleuthing. How did you figure out so quickly that it was Riga?

And Angela, I had never been to Riga, either, until last month. I spent an afternoon in the Occupation Museum and learned so much. (It was sooo cold outside when I took this photo. You’ll notice that nobody is walking around!)

Latvia was occupied three times in the 20th Century–first by the Soviet Union from 1939 until they were “liberated” by the Nazis and then occupied during World War II. The Germans stayed in Latvia until the end of the war, when the Soviet Union again took control and didn’t let go until 1991. This museum displays artifacts of each occupation, with historical documents, newspapers, protest art, and more. It’s a sobering exhibit, yet, in the end, they gained their independence.

Thanks to all for guessing!

Randy says:

looks interesting, i read about this place on http://www.bestriga.com , for sure would like to go there to check out!

Eva says:

Wow. Good mystery. I would have NEVER gotten that right.

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