Museum of Energy of Latvenergo
Музей энергетики концерна Latvenergo как один из носителей корпоративной социальной ответственности концерна обеспечивает исследование истории энергетики Латвии и концерна, сохранение энергетического наследия и его доступность для общества, способствуя пониманию общества об отрасли энергетики и ее развитии.
The Museum of Energy collects, preserves and studies historic evidence of Latvian power industry from the beginnings of use of electricity until the creation of a unified power system, showing the growth and development of the Latvenergo Group into one of the most environment-friendly and most reliable energy companies in Europe.
The museum’s holdings include documentary and industrial heritage that describes the power industry as a cornerstone of the development of the national economy not only in Latvia but also in the wider context of the entire Baltic region.
The museum also stores a world-unique collection – glass plate photonegatives taken by the renowned pioneer of Latvian sound newsreels, photographer and cameraman Eduards Kraucs (1898-1977), depicting the construction of Ķegums hydropower plant from 1936 to 1940. In 2009, this extensive documentary heritage – collection of 1736 glass plate photonegatives – was included in the Latvian National Register of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme.
The depositories of the Museum of Energy are located in Riga, Andrejsala, at 8 Andrejostas Street, where visitors can study Eduards Kraucs’s collection of glass plate photonegatives, keeping track of the construction process of Ķegums power plant, and they may also explore all kinds of electricians’ tools, climbing gear, safety belts, helmets, various measuring devices, including electricity meters made by VEF factory, an extensive collection of electrical insulators, among which the most interesting items are the high-voltage insulators produced in Kuznetsov’s china and earthenware factory in Riga.
The depositories also contain a fascinating collection of historical electric household appliances – such as washing machine Rīga-60, hair dryers, radios, vacuum cleaners, also mixers and coffee-grinders made by Straume factory, electric irons, some of the earliest computers and other familiar electric appliances – which, although used in the not-so-distant past, now are considered to be retro.
The permanent exhibition of the museum is located in Ķegums town, in authentic environment on the left bank of the Daugava River, in the territory of Ķegums HPP-2. The exhibited collection of technological equipment and items gives an insight into electricity generation, shows the history of construction and operation of hydropower plants on the Daugava River and the development of hydropower engineering in Latvia. The exhibition also tells about the history of power transmission and distribution, acquainting visitors with the construction of power lines and with the equipment used by electrical fitters.
A distinctive feature of the museum are the industrial exhibits displayed outdoors in their natural environment – the first turbine of Ķegums power plant installed in 1939, part of a turbine from Pļaviņas HPP, 110 kV and 20 kV outdoor commutations and other technological equipment.
The museum offers its visitors the opportunity to watch newsreels, videos about electricity generation, transmission and distribution, videos for children on how to use electricity safely as well as a selection of 100 photos from the collection of glass plate photonegatives “Construction of Ķegums hydropower plant from 1936 to 1940” taken by the renowned Latvian photographer and cameraman Eduards Kraucs.
We also offer the educational programme “Construction process of Ķegums hydropower plant through the lens of Eduards Kraucs”.
Exhibition in Pļaviņas hydropower plant shows the history of construction of the power plant and key events in its operational history. The exhibition includes a model of the power plant, as well as a variety of complex measuring devices and special tools necessary for the operation of the power plant, a diving suit, as well as various documents and photos showing the operation of equipment of the power plant, reconstruction works, building of Aizkraukle town and social life activities of the staff.
In addition to doing the exhibition, a tour can also be arranged to see the machine room of Pļaviņas HPP, learning the principles and features of operation of the hydropower plant, and also to view the power plant buildings from a lookout spot downwards the power plant building and enjoy the panoramic view from the top viewpoint (on the side facing the reservoir).
Admission to the museum is free of charge
Depositories in Riga:
Weekdays 9.00 – 17.00
Exhibition in Ķegums:
May - September:
Tuesday to Saturday 9.00 – 17.00
October - April:
Tuesday to Friday 9.00 – 17.00
Exhibition in Pļaviņas HPP:
Please notify in advance if you are interested in a tour and /or the educational programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
/registered office/ Latvenergo AS, Pulkveža Brieža 12, Riga, LV-1230; Power Industry Museum: Andrejostas iela 8, Riga, LV-1045Kontakti:
- phone: 26303292
Riga, 8 Andrejostas Street:
Head of the Museum
Senior custodian of the depository
Ķegums, 7/9 Ķeguma Avenue:
Museum Exposition Manager
Aizkraukle, 2 Enerģētiķu Street, Pļaviņas HPP: