Nikola Tesla Museum

Nikola Tesla deserves to considered of being the most popular modern Serb. Belgrade's excellent city center museum honored his inventor's incredible life.

Located in Vracar, Belgrade neighborhood, the museum displays many of the great Tesla's inventions and many of his objects.

If you ever wanted to create light simply by holding a light bulb, this is the place to go.
Nikola Tesla, Electrical Review, January 27, 1897.
"The science of electricity has revealed to us the true nature of light provided us with innumerable forms of application and precise means, and thus contributed to the exactness of our knowledge."

History of Nikola Tesla Museum

This museum was established on December 5, 1952. This decision was signed by Josip Broz Tito.
The decision was published in the Official Gazette of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia, no. 59 of December 10, 1952.
Today, this museum is the only institution of science and culture in Serbia, as well as in the world.

It is the only museum that preserves this great scientist's original and personal legacy. It has the following treasured collections:

  • 1.Over 160,000 original documents
  • 2. Over 2000 books and magazines
  • 3. Over 1200 historical and technical exhibits
  • 4. Over 1500 photos and glass photo plates of original technical
  • 5. Over 1000 plans and drawings. 

Working Hours

  • Monday: 10: 00-15: 00
    Tuesday-Friday: 10: 00-17: 00 Saturday-Sunday: 12: 00-17: 00
  • Reservation is required for group visits (more than ten visitors).
  • No reservation is necessary for individual visits.
  • Single ticket for a guided tour in English: 800 RSD
  • Group ticket for a guided tour in English (more than ten people): 500 RSD.
  • (Free entrance for children under seven years old)

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The entrance fee includes a 45-minute guided tour; children under 7 get free admission.
  • Museum tours are available only in English and Serbian.
  • The museum is wheelchair-accessible. Guests who wear a pacemaker will not be able to participate in the demonstration part of the tour.
  • There is a gift shop at the museum.
  • This museum is one of the must-visit cultural tours in Belgrade.

Why is the Tesla Museum in Serbia?

After Tesla's death on January 7th, 1943, the complete legacy heritage was moved from the USA to Belgrade. The former family house of Mr. Genčić at 51 Proleterskih Brigada Street was assigned to the Museum by the Government Council for Science and Culture of the Yugoslav Government in 1952.

Did Tesla ever live in Serbia? Mr. Tesla was an ethnic Serb and grew up in a part of the Austrian empire in modern-day Croatia. In 1884, at 28 years old, he emigrated to the U.S., where he pioneered alternating current work on a grand scale, electrifying the world.

Read more about Nikola Tesla Museum at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

How to Get There?

The museum is in the Vračar district in central Belgrade. It's around a 15-minute walk from Nikola Pašić Square, and buses stop at Slavija Square, just two blocks away.

Was Tesla Serb or Croat?

This ridiculous question can only be heard in the Balkans. I don't know if anyone ever asked Nikola Tesla if he felt like a Serb or a Croat?

I am convinced that he would never answer that question as he was a brilliant inventor of the world's fame. Read this excellent article about five surprising facts about this great inventor!

Tesla wrote in 1936: "Thank you very much for your much-appreciated greetings and honors. I am equally proud of my Serb origin and my Croat homeland. Long live all Yugoslavs."

August 13, 2019 – A diplomatic row has erupted between Croatia and Serbia over the use of Nikola Tesla. What would the great man have made of it all?

I don't think that anyone would disagree with the following statement. Nikola Tesla was an ethnic Serb born in the village of Smiljan, which is located in Croatia today. 

And if you can accept that statement, then the logical next step is to conclude that Tesla has a story to tell in Serbia and Croatia. 

Nikola Tesla memorial center Smiljane Croatia
Smiljan Tesla's birthplace in Croatia
Belgrade airport Nikola Tesla
Belgrade Airport Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla Museum in Zagreb

In my opinion, Nikola Tesla is equally a Serb and a Croat, but what is more important, he is a world heritage.