Technical Museum Nikola TeslaSightseeing & Excursions

Savska cesta 18, 10000 Zagreb

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Lectures on science and technology, presentations and shows

While staying in Zagreb be sure to visit Tehnical museum Nikola Tesla!

The Technical Museum Nikola Tesla, established in 1954 in Zagreb, follows in the tradition of the great science and technology museums of the world.

In addition to the several thousand items on permanent display, the Technical Museum Nikola Tesla  has some 10,000 items in storage. Among them are objects of everyday use which are typical of the industrial era of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Tehnical Museum Nikola Tesla invests a lot of effort into popularising science and technology. It organises lectures on science and technology, presentations and shows, presentations and lectures in the Planetarium, workshops and events such as the Science Festival, and other activities.

The permanent exhibition in the Technical Museum is divided into separate themed displays based on the organisation of the Museum’s departments:

The section devoted to the transformation of energy demonstrates the historic development of inventions and solutions for converting less valuable forms of energy into more useful forms to humans. Of particular interest are the collections of steam engines, internal combustion motors, and the collection of machine models under the title The Motive Power of Fire.

The section on traffic vehicles offers a chronological journey through the development of water, land, and air transportation. The display predominantly features original items, including the pocket-size submarine Mališan CB-20 (The Little One) from 1943, airplanes from the first half of the 20th century, the popular Samoborček (train) locomotive from 1930, a Dubrovnik tram car from 1912, the motor sled constructed by Zagreb mechanic Marko Knez from 1931, and several old automobiles.

Advances and developments in fire fighting, with a special emphasis on Croatia, are illustrated by original items, including hand and motor-powered hoses, horse-drawn fire fighting vehicles, ladders, piping, sprayers, and other fire fighting equipment. The display is accompanied by illustrations and textual materials.

The astronautics section features models of famous spacecraft, rocket-carriers, and orbit stations that illustrate the early development of astronautics. The greatest attraction is the Planetarium where, with the help of a specially constructed projector, visitors can view the starry sky from the North Pole to the Equator at any time of the night and in any season.

The geology and mining display is centred around the methods that our ancestors used to find ores and minerals. The mining collection takes us through the development of ore exploitation and processing. A special attraction is the 350 m long model mine, built below the Technical Museum Nikola Tesla, which illustrates the history of mining in Croatia.

The Demonstration Cabinet of Nikola Tesla has been constructed in the section dedicated to the great personalities of Croatian science and technology. The Cabinet opened in 1976 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Tesla’s birth. It was updated and renovated in 2006 as part of the celebration of the Nikola Tesla Year. The Cabinet offers a range of multimedia materials intended to acquaint visitors with the life and work of Nikola Tesla. Visitors can observe a rotating magnetic field, Tesla’s high frequency transformers, the wireless transfer of electromagnetic oscillations, a remote-controlled ship, Tesla’s turbine, etc. Not only do visitors watch the experiments, but they may also take part in them if they wish.

The agricultural exhibits focus on different technical implements that were used for digging and ploughing and in the Technical Museum courtyard are portrait busts of Croatian geniuses of science and technology.

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  • Monday 09:00 - 17:00
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
  • Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
  • Friday 09:00 - 17:00
  • Saturday 09:00 - 13:00
  • Sunday 09:00 - 13:00

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