Nikola Tesla was born in 1856 in a small village named Smiljan. Since his childhood, he expressed great interest in science and, despite some opposition by his parents, he enrolled studies in Graz, where he studied all day long (except only 4 hours he used to spend sleeping). He traveled through Europe, he also studied in Prague, he worked in Maribor, Budapest, Paris and Strasbourg, and in 1884 he went overseas, to United States, where he, with short breaks, remained his entire life and accomplished things so revolutionary and futuristic that, even today, we can’t understand the complete range of his greatness. Writing about his inventions here would be totally inappropriate, not just because we would need like a year for that, but also because there is this beautiful and a humoristic comic story about Tesla which made a lot of people explore Tesla’s work and life: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla. We’ll just stick to that that Tesla is probably the greatest scientist of all time and that, had he completed all of his ideas, this world would be a much better place to live in.
Tesla spent only 3 days of his life, June 1-3 1892, in Belgrade. He visited Belgrade as the guest of Belgrade University, as he was already a well-established and popular scientist. He gave a speech at the University. Some parts of the speech are quoted even today, especially in, very usual, arguments about Tesla’s national engagement. Namely, Tesla stated that “his sweetest thought related to his ideas is that they are deeds of a Serb”.
Tesla died on Orthodox Christmas (January 7) 1943, poor and forgotten, in a hotel room in New York City.
Nikola Tesla Museum was founded in 1952 and it still serves as the true keeper of Tesla’s spirit, personality and deeds. It is a must-see thing when you visit Belgrade!
So here are three reasons why you should visit Nikola Tesla Museum:
- Tesla’s urn is here.
If you are Tesla’s admirer, this is a good reason for you to come and give your respect to remains of one of the greatest scientists of all time.
- You get to see Tesla’s original personal belongings.
Nikola Tesla Museum owns Tesla’s personal belongings that you probably have seen on some of pictures. Here are his hats, glasses, cane, his clothes, notebooks, letters. It is amazing to be next to some of the stuff that may have been with Tesla in the moments when he was creating some of his greatest inventions.
- Tour includes a practical part where you can be involved in amazing experiments.
You will see a movie about Tesla, models of his inventions, and you may even serve as a human electricity conductor! We won’t say anything more than this, because Nikola Tesla Museum has amazing and smart guides (a big thank you to young Vlada for showing everything to us) that will show you everything much better than us, and we wouldn’t like to spoil the surprise. 🙂
We won’t tell you more about that here – come and see it yourselves! The Museum is open every day except Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, and the tours are organized every full hour. The address is Krunska 51.
How to get here?
You should for buses 26 or 27 in the city center and exit at Pravni Fakultet. You exit next to Beogradska street, which is parallel with with Krunska.