Astronomical Museum and Camera Obscura

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1 Eszterházy tér, Eger, Hungary
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WalterC WalterC
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Outdoor terrace and camera worth it Oct 10, 2010
This museum is located in the Lyceum, which is a teacher-training college, built back in the 18th century.

The Lyceum consists of the Library and the Astronomical Museum. This review will focus more on the Astronomical Museum, as I did not have time to visit the old Library.

First off, once inside the building, it is tough trying to find the right stairs to get there, as one may have to go around the building. But when up one set of stairs, you will come across a display of outdated technology, like old computers and TVs, along with other stuff. Another staircase, leading to the Astronomical Museum.

The museum contains old instruments that astronomers used in past centuries. Across the hall, is the magic room, with the interactive exhibits to play around, like something you would see in a typical science museum.

Go up more steps, and you come to the real highlight, which is an outdoor terrace, for a nice view of Eger. Go up even more, and to the camera obscura, which can only be seen with a guide. While the presentation was done in Hungarian, it was still impressive to see cameras that date back hundreds of years, showing the town on a canvas as it is happening. Kind of like security cameras.

The museum displays are fun to play around and look at, but forgettable. What isn’t forgettable, is the view of Eger from the terrace and the camera obscura. And those things alone make the Lyceum well worth a visit.
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view of Eger
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