The Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation has grown into one of the largest repositories of historical and cultural heritage in Latvia. Today the Museum collections number more than 500 000 items, systematised in about 80 collections. They reflect Riga’s political and economic development, its culture and everyday life from the early days of the city to our day, as well s the history Latvian seafaring. The provenance of the museum objects reaches beyond Riga and Latvia and embraces a vast geographical area.
From its early days, the major source for the Museum collections was donations and acquisitions, from 1938 – also archaeological excavations carried out by the Museum and archaeological supervision works in Old Riga.
The Museum collections are under the care of the Departments of Archaeology, Numismatics and Precious Metals, Collection, and History of Latvian Navigation.