The Iron Gates I Museum – Asociaţia Pro-Mehedinţi

Thematic Route: The Cultural Heritage Route

Name of the Touristic Attraction: The Iron Gates I  Museum

Location: in Gura Văii, Mehedinți County, at 5 km from Drobeta Turnu Severin.

Description: In this museum there are panels with information and images regarding the functioning principles of the hydropower plant as well as the general features of the Danube. Here are presented pieces of history and ethnography from the Iron Gates area, exhibits related to the construction of the Hydroelectric Power Plant on the Danube. In the museum there are exposed popular costumes from the Iron Gates area and a water mill, considered to be the precursor of Pelton’s modern turbine, area-specific exhibits, boat models and a specific Turkish interior related to Ada-Kaleh Island. The incursion into the Iron Gates Hydropower Museum ends with the descent  into the Turbine Hall, where the six Kaplan turbines can be admired.

Legend / Story / Impressions / Recommendations: The construction of the Iron Gates Hydropower System began during Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej, namely on September 7th , 1964, and was completed on May 16th , 1972, and the Hydropower Plant Museum was inaugurated in 1976. The Iron Gates I is the largest hydro power plant in Romania and the largest on the Danube, being the first cross-border collaboration between Romania and Serbia. Over 10,000 people worked for its construction, for seven years. For the construction of the sluice gates and the 14 spillways that led to the formation of the water storage, 10 localities from the Romanian bank and 7 from the Serbian bank were moved. On the Romanian side of the Danube, Ada-Kaleh Island and the towns: Orşova, Eşelniţa, Dubova, Vârciorova, Tufari, Jupâlnic, Ogradena, Tişoviţa and Plavişeviţa were flooded and moved. The results of the hard work of the people who worked at the construction of the hydropower plant were multiple: the extension of the navigation period on the Danube from 200 days a year to a whole year, a fantastic energy source and the touristic development of the area.


Visiting Program: Tuesday – Sunday: 09:00 – 16:00

The complete tour of the Museum lasts 30 minutes

In The Turbine Hall is prohibited shooting and filming.

Information and Contact:

The Iron Gates Hydropower Plant Museum is under the administration of the Iron Gate Region Museum:

tel: +40252 312 177



 Route close to other Thematic Routes:

In the area you can also visit:

  • The Natural Reservations “Cracul Crucii”, “Cracul Găioara”, “Fața Firului” and

“Gura Văii-Vârciorova”

  • Vodița Monastery
  • The Roman-Catholic Cathedral in Orșova
  • The Iron Gates Region Museum, Orșova subsidy
  • “Saint Nicholas” Church in Orșova
  • “Saint Ana” Monastery in Orșova
  • The Danube Cluster with all the tourist attractions in the area
  • Drobeta Turnu Severin

Other useful information:

Accomodation in Drobeta Turnu Severin:

“Traian” Hotel: phone: +4 0252 311 760

“Continental” Hotel: phone: +40372 528 828

“Condor” Hotel: phone:+40252 311 128

“Corona” Hotel: phone: +40743 128 658

Events in Drobeta Turnu Severin:

  1. Severin’s Days – around April 23rd, when Sf. Gheorghe, the protector of Severin, is celebrated
  2. Danube’s Day – 29th June
  3. The National Festival of Literature “The meaning of love”- in spring
  4. The Festival “Songs of Romanians from Everywhere”– in October
  5. The Autumn National Book Fair – in October
  6. The Excellence Awards Gala –in autumn

GPS Coordinates: lat, long: 44.6751279, 22.5336537, elevation: 63 m