© Technical Museum
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The Technical Museum, established in 1954 in Zagreb, follows in the tradition of the great science and technology museums of the world. Since 1958 it has occupied the protected wooden buildings designed by architect Marijan Haberle. The buildings were erected initially to house the Zagreb Fair.
In addition to the several thousand items on permanent display, the Museum 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 Museum 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 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 agricultural exhibits focus on different technical implements that were used for digging and ploughing. A separate section is dedicated to the Apiary, which shows historic and modern beekeeping methods. Glass beehives with live bees that can leave the premises and live in the outside world via a passage provided for this purpose is a delightful surprise and a unique exhibit.
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 Museum, 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. 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.