The beginnings of Literature and Music Museum (RMM) in Latvia should be linked to 1925 when teacher of sciences Jānis Greste founded – as he called it – Pedagogical Museum at Teachers Union. In this museum, separate displays, traditionally known as corners of writers, were arranged to honour the most famous Latvian writers. During 87 years the museum has undergone several reorganisations and structural changes with tendency to grow and incorporate different collections: including those of literature, theatre and music. For about 50 years it was a large union of memorial houses devoted to a range of writers. The latest reorganisation in 2009 has resulted in more simple and recognizable establishment – Literature and Music Museum.
The museum’s mission is to inspire a contemporary understanding of the national literary and musical heritage and to promote a view of the museum as a space for new experiences and meaningful conversations.
Within frame of this goal RMM is striving to develop and improve it enormous collection of original documents and objects covering history of literature, theatre, music and the related aspects of cinema, art, photo and sound and video records (altogether more than 800 000 items).
RMM is especially proud of the recognition given to its collection by UNESCO programme World Memory – Rainis and Aspazija Correspondence (collection of letters exchanged by two outstanding Latvian poets) was enlisted in the National Register of World Memory (2009).