The tradition of shmakovka production has been alive in Latgale for many centuries.
It is the largest and most contemporary Shmakovka Museum in Latvia, which offers an attractive story about Latgale’s strong drink that has already become a brand in Latgale.
It is possible to gain knowledge of the process of making shmakovka with the help of the latest technologies, as well as to look at authentic and impressive production equipment in the three halls of the exposition (with a total area of 290 m2).
Along with the story about making a drink, it is possible to look at old photos and documents in digital exposition, as well as to become aware of the most important stages in Latgale’s history. The exposition also plays an educational role because it informs about the consequences of alcohol consumption. Here you can see a set of modern equipment related to the food industry which is used in the preparation of high-quality shmakovka.
Residents of local and more distant neighbourhoods took part in the creation of the exposition and donated various things related to shmakovka, for example, dishes, tubes, “hoses”, various measuring instruments, glasses and many other, perhaps even initially incomprehensible objects.
The museum has more than 200 different exhibits, the oldest one dates back to 1890.
The museum offers:
- To explore the process of making shmakovka in an interactive way with the help of the latest technologies. Information is available in six languages.
- To look at authentic and impressive production equipment.
- Guided tours in Latgalian, Latvian, Russian and English.
- Free audio guides in six languages.
- Original souvenirs
- Shmakovka tastings (provided by licensed shmakovka producer – local farm “Sēlija”)
Shmakovka Museum is located in Daugavpils city centre, in the Unity House (entrance from the Unity Square side).
June – August
I-VII: 11.00 – 19.00
September – May
II-VII: 11.00 – 19.00
*Working hours before and during public holidays can change.
|TYPE OF THE ENTRY TICKET||ADULTS|
Prices in euro including VAT**
| STUDENTS, SENIORS, PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS|
Prices in euro including VAT**
|Admission tickets||4.30EUR / per person||3.00 EUR / per person|
|Family ticket (3-8 people)||2.50 EUR / per person|
|Guided tour (1 hour)||For a group of 9 to 40 people – 3.90 EUR / per person||For a group of 9 to 40 people – 2.70 EUR / per person|
|On the first Saturday or Sunday of June, during the Birthday of the museum||2.15EUR / per person|
|First Sunday of every month||2.15 EUR / per person|
|Individual guided tours (groups less than 8 persons)||in Latvian or Russian 7.50EUR|
in English 15.00 EUR
|Thematic tours for bachelor or bachelorette parties||For a group of 9 to 40 people – 3.90 EUR / per person||For a group of 9 to 40 people – 2.70 EUR / per person|
|A visit for ICOM members||Free of charge|
|During the annual international event “Museum Night”||Free of charge|
|Children up to 12 years and 12-year-old||Free of charge|
|Audioguide||Free of charge|
|Shmakovka tasting:||1 sort – 1 EUR, 3 sorts – 2 EUR|