THE RIGA PORCELAIN MUSEUM is located in the historical center of the city and offers the broadest collection of manufactured porcelain in Riga to its visitors.
Here every visitor can learn about the manufacturing and art history of porcelain in Riga, and admire the diversity and beauty of shapes and decoration of the porcelain.
Visitors are welcome to take guided tours and to participate in the workshops of porcelain making and painting.
GOALS OF THE MUSEUM
• To introduce the porcelain manufactured in Riga – traditions of porcelain production, development of porcelain design from the middle of the 19th century up to the 1990s, as well as the current porcelain art processes.
• To create awareness of the historical heritage and artistic value of porcelain making.
• To continue the creation of the Riga Porcelain Museum as a tourist attraction to its visitors.
The Riga Porcelain Museum was established on the base of the joint stock company “Riga porcelain” (former Riga porcelain manufacturer) to preserve its collections for further research. In 2000 the collection was handed over to the property of the Riga City. The Riga Porcelain Museum was founded on October 30, 2001.
The core of the Museum collection consists of Riga Porcelain Factory collection- eight thousand various porcelain articles made from the middle of the 19th century up to the end of the20th century.
A large part of the collection consists of articles manufactured at the Riga Porcelain Factory from the 1950s to 1990s thus giving a full spectra of the serial porcelain design of the time. The collection of Kuznetsov's and Jessen's porcelain ware is not so rich and therefore on of the priorities of the museum is to acquire new articles from the period.
A separate exhibition room is devoted to various significant events marking the Soviet times – vases, plates, figurines. The Museum regularly holds current porcelain exhibitions.
Over time the collection has been enriched by endowments of private individuals and artists gradually creating a current porcelain collection with works of respected artists such as Pēteris Martinsons and Zina Ulste.
The RIGA PORCELAIN MUSEUM is a part of the Association of Culture Institutions of Riga City Council.