Beneath the Velebit Mountain, there is a small village of Smiljan famous as the birthplace of world famous inventor Nikola Tesla. Original Nikola Tesla Memorial Center was built back in 1956, but it was severely damaged during the Croatian War of Independence. The Croatian authorities renovated the complex and reopened it during the celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth in 2006. It includes a museum inside his restored childhood home, Serbian Orthodox church of St. Peter and Paul, built in 1765, an open-air auditorium and a multimedia center. The permanent exhibition recounts Tesla’s biography from his childhood in Croatia to his last years in the United States. The attic houses replicas of four of his most significant inventions: the electric motor, the “Egg of Columbus,” the Tesla turbine and the Tesla transformer.
Winter hours (November 1 – March 21):
Tuesday – Saturday: 8:00 to 14:00
Sunday: 10:00 to 14:00
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