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WAR DAMAGES TO MUSEUMS AND MUSEUM HOLDINGS IN CROATIA
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SMILJAN
Museum of Lika in Gospić – Nikola Tesla Memorial Centre in Smiljan


THE NIKOLA TESLA MEMORIAL HOUSE
53211 Smiljan
Parent institution: MUZEJ LIKE GOSPIC /THE MUSEUM OF LIKA IN GOSPIC
Museum profile: biographical
Founded: 1956


Category of the museum collection: C
Category of the museum building: C
The birth-place of the famous physicist Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) housed an ambiental exhibition of a parochial house from the second half of the 19th century, which included Tesla's personal objects and copies of models of his inventions.
Next to Tesla's house there was a farmhouse which served for displaying and storing the ethnographic and cultural and historical material.
All the items were inventoried as a part of the Museum of Lika in Gospic.
During the war the museum complex was threatened by the immediate vicinity of the battlefield.

Protection:

The museum items from Tesla's house were transferred and stored in the Museum of Lika. The ethnographic and cultural and historical holdings had remained in the farmhouse.

Building damage:


May, 1992
An incendiary bullet had started a fire on the farmhouse next to the Nikola Tesla Memorial House. The wooden building with a thatched roof had burned down, and the ethnographic, cultural and historical museum items (two carriages, a clay stove and twenty-six ethnographic items) were destroyed in the fire.
The fire had also started on the roof of the Tesla house, but was extinguished immediately, and the damage repaired. 
The war damage to the museum holdings is registered together with the list of damage from the Museum of Lika.

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