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Galleries Tour of Riga (Self Guided), Riga

Riga, as the cultural capital of Latvia, has a lot to offer art lovers. Artists who display their work in one of Riga's many galleries will surprise you with their beautiful pieces. Take this self-guided tour to discover Riga's best galleries and to enjoy talented local artists.
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Galleries Tour of Riga Map

Guide Name: Galleries Tour of Riga
Guide Location: Latvia » Riga (See other walking tours in Riga)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.8 Km or 4.8 Miles
Author: helenp
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Gallery of the Artists‘ Union
  • Daugava Gallery
  • Bastejs Gallery
  • Riga Art Space
  • Riga Gallery
  • Arsenals Exhibition Hall
  • Maksla XO
  • Alma Gallery
Gallery of the Artists‘ Union

1) Gallery of the Artists‘ Union

The Gallery of the Artists‘ Union is organized under the patronage of the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art (LCCA). The main purpose of the gallery is to promote contemporary art in the country. The LCCA was opened with the help of the Soros Program in the 1980s.

Operation hours: Daily: 12 pm - 6 pm.
Daugava Gallery

2) Daugava Gallery

The Daugava Gallery opened in 1993 and is hidden in a warehouse on Alksnāja Street. The first artist whose work was shown here was Rūdolfs Pinnis. The gallery was originally intended as a spot where artists could gather and communicate with one another. Today it is one of the most renowned art galleries in the city. The Gallery MC is located nearby in another warehouse.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm.
Bastejs Gallery

3) Bastejs Gallery

Bastejs Gallery is located in a building behind Ratslaukums. This gallery showcases contemporary artwork by Latvian artists. The gallery not only holds exhibitions, but participates in such projects as "Objects", "Message on Postcard" and more. Jana Brike, Helena Heinrihsone, Franceska Kirke, Kalvis Zalitis and Reinis Virtmanis are just a few of the artists that have had solo shows at this gallery.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12 pm – 6 pm; Saturday: 12 pm- 4 pm.
Riga Art Space

4) Riga Art Space

Riga Art Space opened its doors on January 17, 2008. This exhibition hall was created through the efforts of the Gallery of the Artists’ Union of Latvia. Since its founding, the gallery has organized the “Emergency Biennale” and several other projects. Miķelis Fišers is one of the many renowned artists whose creations have been on display here.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
Riga Gallery

5) Riga Gallery (must see)

Riga Gallery is located near the famous Riga Opera House in front of Opera Square. It opened in 1992 and specializes in purchasing and selling 20th-century artwork. The gallery organizes exhibitions to promote Latvian artists that have included work by Ieva Iltnere, Ritums Ivanovs, Ilmārs Blumbergs and Oļegs Tillbergs.
Arsenals Exhibition Hall

6) Arsenals Exhibition Hall

The Arsenals Exhibition Hall was founded by the Latvian National Art Museum. Near the walls of the edifice are sculptures by notable Latvian artists Krišjānis Barons, Raimonds Pauls and others. Arsenals is perhaps one of the oldest exhibition halls in Latvia, as it was founded in 1988. Come and admire the art collections exhibited in the building's three halls.

Operation hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 11 am - 6 pm; Thursday: 11 am - 8 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm.
Maksla XO

7) Maksla XO

The Maksla XO Gallery opened in 1999 in the old part of Riga, Konventa Seta. Over the years, it has promoted some of Latvia's most renowned artists - Helēna Heinrihsone, Ivars Heinrihsons, Kristaps Ģelzis, Vilis Ozols, Frančeska Kirke, Oskars, and others.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 12 pm - 6 pm
Alma Gallery

8) Alma Gallery

Alma Gallery was opened by the artist Astrīda Riņķe and the art historian Ilva Krišane. The gallery is very selective in its choice of pieces to display. Only Latvian contemporary painters have the opportunity to put on a solo show at the gallery.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12 pm – 6 pm.

Walking Tours in Riga, Latvia

Create Your Own Walk in Riga

Create Your Own Walk in Riga

Creating your own self-guided walk in Riga is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kid's Entertainment Tour of Riga

Kid's Entertainment Tour of Riga

Riga offers plenty of attractions to capture the interest of your children. Visit parks with interesting statues and fountains, check out the city's fun museums and attend the Riga Circus. Enjoy the best attractions for children in Riga on this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Museums Tour of Riga, Part 1

Museums Tour of Riga, Part 1

Often the historic area of Riga gets all the attention, as some of the city's most beautiful museums and buildings are located here. This tour, however, will take you not only to Riga's well-known museums but to some of the city's more obscure, yet fascinating museums. Take this self-guided tour to fully explore Riga's fabulous array of museums.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Vecriga Walk

Vecriga Walk

Riga, the capital of Latvia, is the country's cultural center, home to many museums, theaters and concert venues. It is known particularly for gabled, art nouveau and medieval architecture concentrated in the Old Town (Vecrīga), situated on the east bank of the Daugava River and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vecrīga is also famous for its old churches, among which the most...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Tour of Riga's War Memorials

Tour of Riga's War Memorials

Over the years, Riga has many times served as a battleground as evidenced by the many monuments, gates and towers in the city that honor those who suffered or died in conflicts. In addition to war memorials, the city also has numerous landmarks related to Latvia's independence. Take this self-guided tour to discover some of Riga's most notable landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Cultural Tour of Riga

Cultural Tour of Riga

Riga has an extremely diverse cultural life. Locals enjoy attending the opera, classical music concerts, the theater and the cinema. Concerts are frequently held in churches, as is often the tradition in European cities. Take this self-guided tour to immerse yourself in Riga's enchanting culture.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Tour of Riga's Specialty Shops

Tour of Riga's Specialty Shops

Riga is not only a city with amazing Art Nouveau architecture, a rich cultural life and interesting museums, it is also a great place to shop. Latvia offers so many quality local products, including ceramics, woolens and amber accessories, that it would be a pity not to bring home a gift or souvenir. Take this tour to find some of the best locally-made merchandise in Riga.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles

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