Electrotechnical Museum

The Electrotechnical Museum also known as Electrical Engineering Museum or Museum of Electrotechnics is situated in a 30/10 kV transformer station which was commissioned in 1934 and was in use till the end of the 1960ies. The building was designed by Ágost Gerstenberg and Károly Arvé in a Bauhaus style.

The museum can be found in the right wing of the building where the 10 kV transformers, relays and switches were operating (the 30 kV system was in the left wing). An impressive art deco staircase with green Zsolnay tiles on the walls leads to the exhibition rooms.

In the exhibition area several equipment, photos, models, documents are displayed from the history of Hungarian electrotechnics; ancient transformers, generators, motors, electric meters, rectifiers, capacitors/condensers, fuses and relays are displayed. Electric signal fence, measuring and alarming equipment and barbed-wire fences of the Iron Curtain is also showcased. Separate room is devoted to early electrical household appliances and various lighting technologies.

Some parts of the exhibition is interactive, you can switch on some electronic equipment, lamps, gas discharge tubes, models. The most interactive part of the museum is Ányos Jedlik room, where you can make physics experiments and also see inventions of Jedlik. The museum regularly organises physics classes for schools and public where a physicist presents different electrical experiments.

In the museum posters are devoted to Hungarian pioneers of the electrical engineering; Ányos Jedlik (dynamo, direct current motor, tubular voltage generator); Miksa Déri, Ottó Titusz Bláthy and Károly Zipernowsky (transformer); Kálmán Kandó (railway electrification).


Copyright ©: Text and photos by Károly Teleki Industrial Heritage Hungary

Source: 1) Electrotechnical museum. elektromuzeum.hu., 2016