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The long road to the car

"The long road to the car" is an introduction for the whole Riga Motor Museum’s exposition and the automobile’s origins.

Origins of the automotive industry

A new chapter is opened – the early production of automobiles in Europe as well as America is met with huge excitement.

Cars of the 1920s

The car has become a part of society. Large car companies are formed. The car becomes the driving force of the economy.

Cars of the 1930s - 1940s

A period of vigorous development in the automotive technology, from excitement to innovations.

The Kremlin collection

While preaching moderation, the leaders of the Soviet state and the Communist Party do not strive to practice it themselves – their cars are always expensive and unique.

Soviet car industry

The Soviet people could buy only a few domestically produced models and the waiting list was several years long.


Speed, craze, victories and defeats – we have reached the thrilling world of motorsports.

Cult cars

Unforgettable cars that have become a symbol of their era.

Manufacture of cars, motorcycles and bicycles in Latvia

In the early 20th century, Riga is the industrial capital of the Russian Empire: mechanical, metallurgical, chemical, rubber and electrical engineering is at a state-of-the-art level.

Trucks and special purpose vehicles

The collection exhibits are true “cart-horses”, which, although have faithfully served mankind at different times and for various purposes, often remain underrated and unnoticed behind the glory of passenger cars.