The Latvian National Museum of Art is the most important art museum in Latvia and the first building in the Baltics designed specifically for the needs of art museum. The museum's building is an architectural monument of national significance. It is one of the most impressive historicist buildings in the Riga Boulevard Circle.
From 2013 to 2016, an ambitious reconstruction and renovation of the building took place. The authors of the project are Lithuanian architecture practice Processoffice, Vytautas Biekša and Andrius Skiezgelas Architecture.
The Latvian National Museum of Art has acquired modern infrastructure and environment for the exhibition and preservation of works of art, the making of exhibitions as well as for public education and quality free time. Important strategic values in the museum's work are openness and accessibility for the broadest public, thus raising the quality of life for the society around it.
The museum has increased the volume of exhibitions, improved customer service and diversified educational opportunities for the different needs and interests of its visitors. Accompanying events and educational programmes for different age groups provide an opportunity to improve knowledge about art history and contemporary art as well as to develop creativity.
Following the reconstruction, a new permanent exposition, "Latvian Art. 19th–20th Century", has been created. It presents an overview of Latvian art history over the course of two centuries.
The new underground volume contains storage space for 40 000 works of art as well as conservators' studios. The building houses the collections of Latvian painting, graphic art and sculpture encompassing the period from the 18th century to the middle of the 20th century, including three memorial collections that contain a multitude of works of art, documents and memorial objects of Jāzeps Grosvalds, Teodors Zaļkalns and Gustavs Šķilters.
Latvian National Museum of Art is opened to the public six days a week. Every last Sunday of the month visitors are able to visit museum’s permanent display free of charge. Museum is closed on Mondays.
During the reconstruction along with the reopening the museum has gone through a rebranding process and acquired a new visual identity. The new brand strategy core values are accessibility, openness and audience involvement in making a common experience. The author of the new design is the graphic artist Maija Rozenfelde.
The free mobile app in Latvian, English and Russian with audio-guide and elements of augmented reality allows anyone to discover and study the expositions and the architecture of the museum's building.
The Library of the Latvian National Museum of Art exists since the very beginnings of the museum in 1905. Currently the library contains nearly 29 000 books.
Art Museum Restaurant
Along with the renovated building, the Art Museum's Restaurant opened its doors on the first floor. In summer, visitors can take advantage of the restaurant's outdoor terrace, located on the side of the park, enjoying a view towards the museum's facade, the Esplanade and the lively square.
The Latvian National Museum of Art shop offers museum souvenirs of high artistic value and production quality, made in collaboration with Latvian artists, designers and artisans. Reproductions of works of art from the collection of the LNMA as well as exhibitions are used in product design, also producing special souvenir lines for separate exhibitions or artists.