The garrison prison of Liepāja's Karosta was built at the beginning of the 20th century as a Navy hospital but has never been used as a hospital. In all times it has been used as a short term disciplinary penalty place for navy sailors and non - commissioned officers since the beginning of the 20th century.
Garrison sailors, who participated in the events of the revolution in 1905, served their sentence in the prison.
The building has been used as a short term disciplinary penalty place for sailors and non-commissioned officers by both the Soviet and Latvian Navy. The last of the convicts have scratched calendars, drawings, slogans, catchwords and messages on the walls of the cells just a short time ago, in 1997.
Visitors have the opportunity to go on an excursion in the prison, to participate in a reality show "Behind the bars" or to stay overnight in a prison cell. Visitors can dress up in military uniforms from different times and take photos. Karosta visitor’s centre offers information about Karosta, guided tours around Karosta neighbourhood, bicycle rent, souvenirs and opportunity to watch a short film "Karosta".
01.06.-31.08. daily 9:00-19:00
01.05-31.05. & 01.09.-30.09. daily 10:00-18:00;
01.10.-30.04. Sat, Sun 12:00-15:00;
at other times - by prior arrangement