The permanent exhibition of the Museum of Energy titled “Development of Power Engineering in Latvia”is established in Ķegums, which is a place of great significance for the Latvian energy industry. It was here that the foundation for theunified energy system of Latvia was laid down by starting up thefirst turbine of the Ķegums Hydropower Plant in 1939. The authentic environment where the exhibition is located – in the premises of the Ķegums HPP-2 on the left bank of the River Daugava – offers a breathtaking view over the Daugava River to the historic hydropower plant and the river water churned up by its turbines.
The exhibition gives an insight into the historical legacy of the Latvian energy industry, such as electricity generation, transmission and distribution development, presents the history of construction and operation of the Daugava hydropower plants and their development trends in Latvia and showsthe construction of power lines, the equipment used by electrical fitters in their work and much more.
The outdoor exhibition acquaints visitors with large industrial exhibits in their natural environment – the turbine of the Ķegums Hydropower Plant installed in 1939, a part of the turbine from the Pļaviņas HPP, 110 kV and 20 kV outdoor commutations and other technological equipment.
Visitors to the exhibition may download the mobile app “Museum of Energy Mobile Guide” (“Enerģētikas muzeja mobilais gids”). The mobile app performs the functions of a guide, because 21 exhibits of the Museum’s permanent exhibition feature digital content, such as historical video stories, photographs and interesting facts to enrich the knowledge of the Museum’s visitors, providing them with an in-depth insight of the exhibition. Every visitor to the Museum may now use his or her smart device to independently get additional information about the most interesting exhibits that can be seen both inside the Museum and as part of the outdoor exhibition. The mobile app “Museum of Energy Mobile Guide” can be accessed on iOS or Android smartphones or tablets only in the area of the Museum in Ķegums. During the visit to the Museum, a smart device with the installed mobile app is also offered to anyone interested on the spot.
Other exhibitions available for viewing here:
- Electricity Does Everything
- Construction of the Ķegums Hydropower Plant through the Lens of Eduards Kraucs
Visitors to the Museum and those who are interested in energy have an opportunity to combine their visit to the Museum exhibition with a guided tour to the Ķegums Hydropower Plant to see the machine hall and the control room of the Ķegums HPP-2, while learning the principles and features of the operation of the hydropower plant in its natural environment.