The Nikola Tesla Museum Belgrade Reviews
The man who created the 20th century Mar 28, 2010
The Nikola Tesla Museum is one of the best museums in the country. It tells a story of the life and inventions of Nikola Tesla who was born in Croatia by Serbian parents. He later went to study in Graz in Austria and then got a job in Budapest before moving to Paris to work for Edison’s company. Later he immigrated to USA. Hence he never actually lived in present day Serbia - but he did manage to get his face on the 100 dinar note.
The museum is displaying several of the invention he made during his life. The models are used to demonstrate the functioning of the inventions. But the museum doesn’t want their guest to try and use the different machines - hence you can only go on a guided tour where the guide will demonstrate how the different machines work.
Among the items at display is a copy of the very first induction engine which Tesla got one of his most important patents for its invention. There are a somewhat more modern version of the engine among the machines which will be turned on to give and impression of how it works. Next to this engine is Teslas version of the Columbus Egg. A machine which will use the principal from the induction engine creating a magnetic field to make a metallic egg stand up on the steep end. It looks pretty surprising when it actually works.
One of the most surprising machines are the Tesla Tube - which when turned on will make some sparks of lightning and you will actually be able to make light if you keep a light bulb close to it. For people with limited recent experience with physics this is quite a surprising feat that you can actually transmit power wirelessly. Tesla had a big idea of transmitting power across the globe by wireless transfer. Unfortunately his financial backer - a certain JP Morgan gave up on the idea when he realized he would not be able to charge people for the use of the electricity.
Another devise on display is the very first remote control using a specific radio frequency. This invention was so far ahead of its time that the people who saw it demonstrated in Central Park were sure it was a hoax and Tesla actually controlled his small boat by some sort of strings which you just could not see below the water. They were all very surprised when they did not manage to find any strings attached.
Unfortunately Tesla’s amazing abilities as an inventor was not match by his skills as a business man. Hence Tesla died as a poor man not having made any significant profit of his 170 different patens - many of which very much helped form the 20th century as we know it.
One last thing you can see at the museum is a bit more morbid - it is the urn of Nikola Tesla which has been transferred to the museum after his dead.
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