Jelgava History and Art Museum of Ģederts Eliass

The museum building, known by its historical name Academia Petrina, was built in 1775 on the initiative of the last duke of Courland and Zemgale - Peter Biron. It became the first university of Latvia. 

Working hours

May 1 - September 30

Monday – close

Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 - 18:00 

October 1 - April 30

Monday – close

Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00

Tower working hours

December 1 - April 30

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - close

Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00 - 15:00


  • Registration of marriage - 1 room 30.00 EUR/hour
  • Other events - 1 room 30.00 EUR/hour

View from the ACADEMIA PETRINA tower - a journey into the past of Jelgava

The museum building, known under its historic name Academia Petrina offers an opportunity to climb the tower and enjoy panorama view of the surroundings from a small balcony. The tower as one of the architectural dominants of Jelgava offers the possibility to see not only the contemporary buildings of the city from the bird’s perspective, but also experience a unique “time travel”, viewing informational panorama posters on the past time glory of Jelgava. Historical information, presented by the museum specialists inside the tower, gives an insight to the past, where you can see through stories and photos the buildings and streets that once were on each direction of the sky and that are no longer there today.

Jelgava, Akadēmijas iela 10
63023383, 63080150
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Adults 3.00; Children 0.50; ; ; ;
Families with children
For persons with movement disorders
Payment with card