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UL Museum of Geology
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Adress: Alberta street 10, Rīga; K. Valdemara street 48, Riga
Phone: +371 67333071; +371 67282087.
Head: Vija Hodireva

For Visitors:

The visits of the museum take place in the form of guided tours on weekdays from 10.00 to 17.00 or at other previously arranged time (including weekends).

For arrangement of visits call +371 67331766 or +371 29112907.

The exposition displays a wide range of minerals, rocks, fossils as well as mineral deposits. Experts lead thematic tours and workshops concerning such topics:

  • Structure of Earth entrails;
  • Geological processes on the Earth and in space;
  • Mineral deposits;
  • Historical development of wildlife;
  • Unique fossils of Latvian plants and animals;
  • Microscopic examination of rocks;
  • History of geology in Latvia.

Highly skilled staff members of the museum can introduce the visitors to the use of natural stone materials in Riga’s architecture, their transformation in the aggressive urban environment, rock outcrops and quarries in the vicinity of Riga and other places in Latvia.

Geology Museum of the University of Latvia dates back to September 29, 1929 when it was established from the collections of the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The collected materials of the natural scientists from the previous century were also included in the exposition.

Currently the Museum of Geology possesses materials related to geology: rock specimens, minerals, cuts, fossils of plants and animals from Latvia and many other places of the world, representing all continents; as well as evidence of the geology science’s history: maps, archives, tools, memorial objects, photographs and books.

The objective of the museum is to not only collect, store and study rock specimens and the history of geology’s development, but also, using all the collected materials (~ 20 000), provide the opportunity of obtaining the required knowledge to students and others interested in this sphere as well as the opportunity of conducting research to scientists.