WHAT AWAITS YOU IN THE NAVAL PORT PRISON
The Naval Port prison or guardhouse. The building was erected about 1900 and until 1997 it served as a place where military persons served their terms for breach of discipline. From the very first years of its existence, it was a place to break people’s lives and suppress their free will. As powers replaced one another, its prisoners changed as well: they included revolutionaries, seamen and non-commissioned officers of the tsarist army, deserters from the German Wehrmacht, enemies of the people in the Stalinist era, soldiers of both the Soviet army and the Latvian army and other rebels. The newest inscriptions on the cell walls by inmates date to fairly recently, 1997. Mysterious and inexplicable things have been noticed in the guardhouse: the rapping of footsteps, electrical bulbs that unscrew themselves, unaccounted for opening of closed cell doors… Yet encountering seeming apparitions in the prison halls has come as the most unpleasant surprise to many a visitor.
NAVAL PORT PRISON VISITORS CENTRE
Liepāja, Karosta, Invalīdu iela 4,
Open from 1 May to 30 September
Every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tours of the prison
This is no ordinary museum. Here you will see a prison that has seen almost no change since the tsarist times, you will learn about the way inmates used to live, how a prisoner feels in the brig, you will be able to view a variety of captivating exhibitions, such as the living room of a Soviet citizen, the legacy of World War II, etc.
You will be able to drop in at the prison canteen and purchase authentic Naval Port souvenirs from the Soviet-era buffet keeper. As part of the tour, you will have a chance to watch a 16-minute documentary telling about the construction and history of the Naval Port. At the end of the excursion, you will be able to change into military attire from different ages and take photographs.
Only guided tours are available.
Tours start on the hour between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
We also offer audio guides in Latvian, English, German, Russian and Lithuanian.
We recommend prior arrangement for tour groups larger than 10.
From 1 October to 30 April, tours are conducted by prior request only.
Tour with elements of spectacle
An option for those too scared to take part in the Behind Bars show but still want a tour that is a little out of the ordinary.
This offer is for groups (10 and over) by prior request.
Approximate duration: one hour.
Behind Bars: The Show
A historical interactive reality show involving the audience. Created on the basis of true stories from life in the Naval Port prison. The purpose and essence of the show is to give each participant an opportunity to live the part of a prisoner and learn about the most interesting and shocking facts from the history of the prison. Only those over 12 years of age and brave enough are invited to participate. Participants will be asked to sign a statement agreeing to the conditions of the show. We therefore ask that you read the Agreement before applying.
This offer is for groups of 15 or more applying in advance. Individual visitors may join a previously scheduled group.
Approximate duration of the event: 1.5 to two hours.
Fans of especially extreme adventures are offered an overnight show. You will be able to step into the shoes of a prisoner on a dark and dismal night. Arrival at the Naval Port prison is at 9 p.m., and the show lasts till 9 a.m. The event is intended for groups of 10 or more. Only those who sign a statement agreeing with the conditions of the show will be allowed to participate in it. We therefore ask that you review the Agreement before applying.
Spending a night at the Naval Prison may be arranged by prior request only.
For those who wish to experience an event that has been tailored to their situation and wishes – be it a birthday, a wedding, a hen or a stag night, a corporate event or a sporting event.
This is an opportunity to take a guided tour of the Northern Forts of the Naval Port fortress and see underground labyrinths by torchlight (by prior request).
Approximate duration: one hour.
The Northern Forts is located about four kilometres from the Naval Port prison.
Minimum total charge for tours of the Northern Forts: LVL 8
Tour guide services for the Naval Port and Liepāja
By prior request
Price does not include entrance fees for individual attractions.
Bicycle hire and guided bicycle tours of the Naval Port
Guided tours by prior request.
Five bicycles are available. Hire available during working hours.