After long and hard period repairs and reconstruction of the main building of Latvian National Museum of Art, the building has been declared finished and ready to open its doors to visitors.
All kinds of improvements have been added to the building: an expanded exhibition area has been set up in the attic and newly-set up dome area of the building (598 m2). In order to make the attic more illuminated, a glass roof has been constructed with additional lights. Metal evacuation stairs have also been set up to accommodate the new premises of the museum. The new passenger elevator allows quick ascent to the newly-built terraces on the roof. Improvements have been made to the building to make it easily accessible for disabled people. Additional improvements include a new conference hall, café, child play room and souvenir shop.
The underground portion of the museum (3,545 m2) includes exhibition halls (777 m2), a large underground hall (583 m2). The second floor is located 8,600 m underground. The museum’s archive and storage rooms are also located underground.
Restoration of the museum’s historic building was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
The festive opening of the museum’s doors is planned for 4 May 2016.
The original building of the Latvian National Museum of Art had served for 107 years without capital repairs. With that, the decision was made to carry out a reconstruction and expansion of the building in order to make the museum more modern and secure and to preserve the museum’s exhibits. On 22 January 2013 a construction contract was signed with RE&RE, Central Finance and Agreements Agency and European Regional Development Fund for this project.
Considering the unique architecture style of the museum, its representative status and importance for the preservation of Latvia’s cultural heritage, reconstruction focused on three main aspects: heritage, aesthetics and functionality, as reported by the museum.