Isolatorenmuseum Lohr Lohr Am Main Reviews
World's smallest museum? Jul 10, 2009
If people think about museums, they might think of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Musée du Louvre à Paris, or Das Deutsche Museum in München.
Those museums are famous and pretty big.
Well, how about visiting one of the world's smallest museums?
The Isolator Museum in Lohr, Germany!
The museum is located in an old transformer station just a few steps from town centre. It was built in 1920, was operational for decades, and was declared historic monument a few years ago.
A local collector of isolators, Mr. Vormwald, who used to be a professional high voltage electrician, put all his passion and effort in this project to transform (get the joke? haha) this old transformer station into the only Isolator Museum in Germany or maybe even Europe.
By the way, an isolator is a device made of glass or porcelain, that is used to...well, isolate high voltage against earth or other voltages. You can see them in their modern form on every high-voltage power transmission line.
Those things come in many, many different shapes. Actually, there are thousands of different shapes. Many isolators are just beautiful and fun to look at.
Mr. Vormwald's collection consists of more than 1000 exhibits, with only a third of the collection being displayed at the museum.
He'll tell you an exciting and interesting story about every piece in there. Quite amazing...
You don't need to be interested in technical or electrical stuff at all... just enjoy the beauty!
So if you happen to be around in my neat hometown Lohr, and still have some time left after visiting Bayersturm and Snowwhite's Castle, then don't forget to stop by at this unique museum!
Oh yeah, by the way... I'm not sure about this... but with a floor space no more than 15 square meters on two floors this really might be the smallest museum in Europe!
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