Building a museum. Focus on museums and creative industries

NEMO and Creative Museum Event

7 – 9 September 2017

Riga, Latvia


Museum as a catalyst for creativity and growth, a key factor in larger regeneration plan?

Museums have been playing central role in regeneration game of the cities latest since Bilbao effect.

This NEMO event will look at how capital investments in museums in Riga contribute to economy and social cohesion of the capital city of Latvia.

Focusing specifically on museums and creative industries, it will offer a platform to discuss what works, what hinders cooperation both locally and at European scale.

See full programme here.


Day 1, 7th September

Venue: Latvian National Museum of Art

11:00 – 18:00

NEMO Executive Meeting


Day 2, 8th September

10:00 – 12:00

Venue: Riga Motor Museum 


Riga Motor Museum: from concept to realization

- Introduction

- Architect’s perspective

- Designer’s perspective

- Museum’s perspective

- Creative community’s perspective (demonstration of new products developed using museum collection)


12:00 – 13:00

Lunch at museum café


14:00 – 17:00

Venue: Latvian National Museum of Art

NEMO Working Group meetings:

- WG Learning Museum 

- WG Museums and Creative Industries 

- WG Advocacy and PA  


17:00 – 18:00

Venue: Latvian National Museum of Art: from concept to realization

- Architect’s perspective

- Museum’s perspective

- Exhibition Designer's perspective


18:00 – 19:30

Panel discussion Museums and Creative Industries


- Sandis Voldiņš, State Secretary, Ministry of Culture of Latvia

- Siebe Weide, Director of the Netherlands Museum Association

- Chris Bailey, Museum Consultant, Former Director of the Northern Ireland Museums Council

Moderator: Raivis Sīmansons, Think Tank Creative Museum



Presentation of the upcoming Art Centre Zuzeum. Reception at the lobby of Great Exhibition Hall at the Latvian National Museum of Art


DAY 3, 9th September

10:00 – 12:00

Venue: Žanis Lipke Memorial, Kenneth Hudson prize winner 2014

- Concept of the Memorial

- Museum as Part of Regeneration Plan


12:00 -13:30



13:30 – 16:00

Venue: Latvian National Museum of History, under reconstruction

- Concept of the Museum: Architect’s perspective


Join us! 

Free for NEMO members. Please contact NEMO Office for details

Limited number of places for non-NEMO members available at a price of 50 euro. Please contact the organizers.



Ineta Zelča Sīmansone

Director, Think Tank Creative Museum

T: + 371 28819796





Think Tank Creative Museum in cooperation with Network of European Museums Organization (NEMO)


Strategic Partner

Ministry of Culture, Latvia



ICOM Latvia

Art Centre Zuzeum

Latvian National Museum of Art

Riga Motor Museum

Žanis Lipke Memorial

Latvian National Museum of History

Sudraba Arhitektūra

Design Studio H2E

Dd studio

State Real Estate


Where to stay

Hotel Neiburgs

Hotel Justus

Hotel Radi un draugi


What to see

Latvian National Museum of Art

Žanis Lipke Memorial

Riga Motor Museum

Exhibition Book in Latvia at the Latvian National Library


Where to eat

Café Osiris


Restaurant at Latvian National Museum of Art

Neiburgs Restaurant

The Three Chefs Restaurant


Ineta Zelča Sīmansone

Domnīcas Creative Museum vadītāja | Creative Museum Director