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Power Industry Museum

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Power Industry Museum

Located beside the old power plant on Andrejsala, Latvia's Power Industry Museum holds an amazing collection of 45 000 items related to the history of electrical power in Latvia. This museum can be visited by appointment only.
The main public museum is actually 40 kilometres upriver at the Ķegums hydroelectric plant, which was the largest and most modern power generator in the Baltic countries upon its completion in 1939. However, the remarkable, photographic testimony of the Ķegums plant's construction remains at Andrejsala, where 11 000 negatives produced by Eduards Kraucs are kept.
The principal attraction at the Andrejsala museum, however, is its vast collection of items and appliances. What once seemed to be throwaways, such as everyday, Soviet-made appliances from decades past - the Rīga-60 washing machine, for example, or a ZiL refrigerator - turn out to be works of art, since this may be the only place left to admire them.
The face of the widely known Elektronika alarm clock that awoke an entire generation each morning, or the AEG blow drier from the 1930s that continued to be used by a rural hairdresser until just recently, remind us of a time when the grass was greener, the sugar sweeter, and the life of things very nearly eternal.

Andrejostas iela 8
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