State-of-the-art nature center opens at Latgale museum

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The Naujene Museum of Local History in Daugavpils district launched its Nature Information Center, becoming Latgale province, and Eastern Europe’s most high-tech modern facility for virtually exploring the natural environment, equipped with touch-screen glass walls and a holographic 3-D cube to encourage visitors to take part in researching nature themselves with the help of the new technology.

Any visitor to the Naujene Local History Museum can now become a researcher of nature, reported Latvian Radio Saturday, also enjoying the “sound shower” device which projects the living noise of the forest into the exhibit.

The smart-glass wall itself is sensitive to the person standing before it and reacts with appropriate interactive video projections, explained Mārtiņs of Reverie Trading Group, which installed the state-of-the-art touch-screen glass walls.

Museum director Evita Kusiņa-Koļesnika added that “there are over 400 interactive zones allowing the observer to become the researcher. I think this will attract great interest among adults and kids alike, as we’ve oriented the exhibit to all ages.”

If a touch-screen smart-wall is nothing unheard-of these days, the 3-D holographic cube could very well be the only one of its kind in Eastern Europe, claims Mārtiņš. A beginner might have a difficult time getting acquainted with its sophisticated handling. “There’s a bit of a learning curve,” admits Mārtiņš, “it’s like a gyroscope or toy helicopter.”

The Nature Information Center at Naujene was made possible under the auspices of a cross-border project and can definitely claim its status as Latgale’s most modern museum, said Daugavpils district Culture board leader and project coordinator Ināra Mukāne. “Of course, one shouldn’t ever forget that the best research is done in the field, but this is a fantastic chance to familiarize yourself virtually with the environment before heading out for an educational hike into the Upper Daugava valley’s beautiful natural surroundings.”

The Braslava/Kraslava lake district of the Upper Daugava Valley ecosystem is the featured region of the cross-border project and can be viewed in a map at the Nature Protection Board website.

The cost of the exhibit totaled about €26,000.

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