Corner House to Have Longer Opening Hours

Corner House to Have Longer Opening Hours
Mārtiņš Otto, Riga 2014
Due to major demand, the Corner House will have longer opening hours on Thursdays and Fridays from the 25th of September. Free exhibitions will be open until 8 p.m., and there will be additional guided tours of the KGB basements, starting at 5.15 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6.45 p.m., according to Mārtiņš Drēģeris, public relations officer at the “Riga 2014” foundation.

Since the opening of the Corner House on the 1st of May this year, 32,736 visitors have seen the free exhibition “Corner House. Case No. 1914/2014”, more than 21,360 participated in guided tours “In the KGB Basements”, and 8,734 saw the exhibitions “(Re)construction of Friendship”, “A Latvian’s Suitcase”, “In Spite of All”, “Stories of People and Power in Ten Objects” and the Museum of Fateful Objects.

The “Riga 2014” exhibition “Corner House. Case No. 1914/2014” will run until the 19th of October.

The other five exhibitions – “(Re)construction of Friendship”, “A Latvian’s Suitcase”, “In Spite of All”, “Stories of People and Power in Ten Objects” and the Museum of Fateful Objects – are all walk-in exhibitions.

The “Riga 2014” foundation is pleased that government institutions have supported the proposal by the Corner House staff and the “Riga 2014” foundation for the exhibition “Corner House. Case No. 1914/2014” to remain open to the public.

The Ministry of Culture has stated that it supports preserving the Corner House as a cultural and historic monument that pays homage to the victims of the Stalinist regime.

The Ministry of Culture believes that the first floor and the basement of the Corner House should remain open to the public.

Likewise, the Occupation Museum Association of Latvia has called for preservation of the Corner House, and a signature drive is under way at the “Manabalss.lv” portal in support of a petition asking the government to adopt a long-term plan for the preservation of the Corner House in Riga.

Gints Grūbe, the curator of the “Freedom Street” thematic line of the “Riga 2014” Programme, said already when the exhibitions at the Corner House were opening that society should reach agreement on what would happen to the building after the exhibitions close.

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