School Activities

Classes and tours we provide at the Museum

How is history studied? – A lesson for the youngest students, who are not yet learning history as a school subject. The main discussion concerns how artifacts help us learn about the past. This lesson is based on objects that have been preserved from the period of Soviet deportations.

Life story – lesson meant for older students, who have a basic understanding of 20th century history. After a brief introduction, students analyze the information that is presented in the exposition, assess it, and model the life story of an inhabitant of Latvia during the 20th century.

The loss of independence – this is a simulation, in which students try to place themselves in the position of an inhabitant of Latvia during 1940, in order to understand why it was possible for Latvia to be occupied without any resistance.

Soviet deportations – an excursion, which tells about the causes for and the course of the Soviet deportations, as well as the conditions experienced during the deportation and survival strategies used by the deportees. During the excursion, students examine an interactive GULAG installation.

Posters and propaganda – lesson for students with prior knowledge about the Second World War. This lesson starts with a discussion about the importance of propaganda to a totalitarian regime. Afterwards, small groups of students analyze propaganda posters of Nazi Germany and the USSR, in order to evaluate their messages. Students are introduced to effective propaganda criteria and then create their own posters according to these criteria.

Experts – lesson for students who have learned about the period of Latvian occupation in school: the first Soviet occupation (1939-1941); the Nazi German occupation (1941-1945); and the second Soviet occupation (1945-1991). Students interact with text and document fragments to get acquainted with the exposition. This lesson helps students to understand the events that transpired during this time period and enhances students’ skills in working with historical sources

How does the museum function? - role-playing game during which students get acquainted with the specifics of the work of the Museum by evaluating the Museum’s exposition from the different points of view of museum specialists and providing their own suggestions for the creation of new exhibits.

Life in Soviet Latvia – a lesson for elementary school children, during which students learn about everyday life during the Soviet times by examining items and documents in the Museum.