We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Memorial Center of Nikola Tesla

114 Reviews

Memorial Center of Nikola Tesla

114 Reviews
Plan your visit
Recommended
Our most popular tours and activities
Nearby Experiences
Other experiences in Smiljan
114Reviews2Q&A
Traveler rating
  • 40
  • 38
  • 22
  • 12
  • 2
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Dijana wrote a review Jul 2020
10 contributions
+1
Well organised, high quality content, a lot of different souvenirs to choose from, and the most important you are visiting birth place of the greatest man that ever lived <3
Read more
Date of experience: July 2020
Helpful
Share
Aleksandra B wrote a review Feb 2020
Nairobi, Kenya36 contributions9 helpful votes
It is not that it is a huge museum and you can spend a whole day there but how can you be in Croatia and not visit the place where Tesla grew up. Was he really born there?.....yes, it is reported everywhere that he is but actually he was born in village Stikada. His mother was at her parents' house in Tomingaj, near little town Gracac when the labour pains started. As it was unacceptable at that time to give a birth at parents' house without husband/father of the baby being there, Tesla's mother (Georgina Djuka Tesla born Mandic) was put on the horse coach and started a 60km journey to Smiljan so that Djuka could give a birth in her and her husband's house in Smiljan. But 13km after they started the journey, labour pains became intensive and they were forced to stop and look for a help at the house of the priest in the village of Stikada. This was easy because Tesla's father was a priest and his maternal grandfather too. So, Nikola Tesla was born in Stikada. The church is still there but destroyed after 2nd world war and never renovated after. The priest's house is also still there, right next to the church but now in a private ownership and the top floor was added to it. Soon after the mother recovered from the labour they continued to Smiljan and Nikola Tesla's birth was registered in Smiljan. This story went from generation to generation and I knew about it because I come from that region. This is an additional story about Tesla that you will not hear at the museum. But, you can see and hear about just a few of his inventions there and experience the place and the house where Tesla lived as very little before moving to Gospic. From that house, Tesla was jumping from the roof carrying umbrella and trying to fly. The place is well maintained. You can also see a short documentary about Tesla with English subtitles. There is a little souvenir shop and a very nice playground for kids. Also, you can find a little kiosk there to get some snacks, ice cream and coffee.
Read more
Date of experience: July 2019
Helpful
Share
oscar505 wrote a review Nov 2019
San Diego266 contributions190 helpful votes
As others have noted, this is not a place you just come across without trying, but do try. The tidy campus is set in lovely countryside that was in full fall color when we visited. The modern exhibit is thorough and very informative. You will come away with a much clearer picture of the amazing career of Tesla - well beyond "just" the Tesla coil we all think of when we hear his name. And the comprehensive timeline has many other facts and events. Very well done!
Read more
Date of experience: October 2019
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
Response from MCNikolaTesla, Activity coordinator at Memorial Center of Nikola Tesla
Responded Nov 12, 2019
Thank you for visiting! We're glad you enjoyed your visit!
Read more
nevenjerkovic wrote a review Oct 2019
Dubrovnik, Croatia2,063 contributions105 helpful votes
+1
MUST to visit this memorial center of the father of modern era. Nikola Tesla, the inventor of more then 700 patents, was born here.
Read more
Date of experience: October 2019
Helpful
Share
Response from MCNikolaTesla, Activity coordinator at Memorial Center of Nikola Tesla
Responded Oct 30, 2019
Thank you! We're glad you enjoyed your visit!
Read more
Solaris wrote a review Oct 2019
Zadar, Croatia32 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
Defenitly a place to see. Birthplace of the greatest man in human history. Good exibits but NEED MORE functional displays from this genius and his more than 600 patents, so others can feel all the greatnes from onli ONE man
Read more
Date of experience: September 2019
Helpful
Share
Response from MCNikolaTesla, Activity coordinator at Memorial Center of Nikola Tesla
Responded Oct 16, 2019
Thank you for visiting and your review!
Read more
Previous
Frequently Asked Questions about Memorial Center of Nikola Tesla