Posts tagged as museum

Head of Daugavpils’ Jewish Museum is a student at 72

Monday, November 23, 2020

Josifs Ročko, a teacher, local historian, and the founder of the museum “Jews in Daugavpils and Latgale”, is a cavalier of the Order of the Three Stars, Latvia’s highest civil decoration. Two years after receiving the order, at the age of 72, he is still publishing new history books and continues selflessly contributing to society in eastern Latvia. Latvian Radio spoke to this man in the Daugavpils Synagogue, a red two-story…

Latvian Open-air museum launches online fair

Friday, August 14, 2020

The legendary Open Air Museum Fair is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Due to restrictions on assembly, it has been decided not to hold it on-site this time, but to create a virtual fair on the Internet, Latvian Radio said August 14. From Friday, August 14, until the following summer,   will display and offer for purchase products of Latvian craftsmen and home producers, which would otherwise be…

Director of Lithuania’s Čiurlionis museum passes away

Monday, July 20, 2020

Osvaldas Daugelis, the long-standing director of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis National Museum of Art in Lithuania’s second-largest city of Kaunas, passed away on Sunday at the age of 64. Daugelis had been struggling with a long illness. His passing was announced by the museum on its social media accounts. A Lithuanian art historian and museum specialist, Daugelis led the museum from 1992 until 2019. He received state awards from Lithuania, Norway,…

Plan for modern art museum resurfaces as patrons want to give design to state

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

There are new developments in the plan to build the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art. The project, started in 2014 as a private initiative by patrons Boris and Inara Teterev and the ABLV Bank fund, was halted after the bank folded in the wake of a damning U.S. Treasury report in 2018. Nevertheless, €4m have been invested in the project thus far, and the project by British architect and artist David Adjaye is…

Lithuania’s sole cat museum purrs for visitors amid quarantine

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The cat museum in Šiauliai, northern Lithuania, marked its 30th anniversary on May 22. Despite attracting thousands of visitors each year, the celebrations were emptier than usual due to the ongoing quarantine. Although the museum is known for its cat-art, the permanent feline residents are also a big draw for visitors, according to Asta Sipavičienė, head of the museum. The museum was established by pharmacist Vanda Kavaliauskienė on May 17,…

Several museums open doors in Latvia

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Latvian National Art museum and its departments are open to visitors, said museum director Māra Lāce to Latvian Radio on May 19. Several museums are gradually relaunching and inviting visitors to distance themselves from one another. On Tuesday, May 19, the door is opened by the National Museum of Arts and its departments Riga Stock Exchange and the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, as well as the Museum of…

What to know when visiting cultural venues

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

On May 12, State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Dace Vilsone, spoke in a press conference about sanitary protocols for small-scale cultural venues and events. With new relaxed restrictions on the way, various cultural venues, such as libraries and museums, will gradually open their doors. The changes will take effect as of May 13. “Culture is finally beginning to bloom this spring. Small cultural events can take place, provided that…

Latvians are getting more creative

Friday, April 17, 2020

As the social distancing period gets longer, Latvians are getting more creative with things to do while maintaining social distance. The internet is full of virtual museums and concert live streams, but if you’re looking to do something a bit out of the ordinary, check out our list of things to do this weekend from your home in Latvia, or anywhere in the world! The Latvian Natural History Museum’s favorite…

Priceless items stolen from Dresden’s Green Vault museum

Monday, November 25, 2019

Authorities in Germany say thieves have carried out a heist at Dresden’s Green Vault, one of the world’s oldest museum containing priceless treasures and jewels. German media reported Monday that the damage could run into the high hundreds of millions of dollars. Dresden police said investigators were at the scene. They planned to provide further information over the course of the day.

Over 6,000 attend Easter celebrations at Ethnographic Open Air Museum

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Over 6,000 persons participated in the annual Easter celebrations at the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum over the weekend, the museum informed LETA. The museum said that the good attendance was due to the favorable weather. The museum said that, as in similar years, the festivities were attended by many families with children, and that the most popular activities were swinging, as well as painting and rolling Easter eggs. The…