Journey to the Center of the Earth

The beginning of this part of the exhibition shows the visitors the time when people had to rely on the unreliable forces of nature – water, wind, animal, as well as their own force. In order to eliminate this reliance, people had to come up with one universal tool to help them – that ended up being the steam engine. This section of the exhibition demonstrates the progress from manual work to the invention of the steam engine and its industrial use. The whole section closes off with engineering and an interactive workshop where you can try wood turning and milling.

Exhibits:

  • Human-powered crane
  • Atmoshperic steam engine
  • Steam engine
  • Weaving loom
  • Open-end spinning machine
  • Identifying different types of fabric
  • Calipers
  • Architect’s office
  • Workshop space

The Secrets of Steel City

The next part of the exhibition explores the industrial history of the Moravian-Silesian region. The exhibits introduce the input materials of metallurgical processes, as well as the process itself, from the production of pig iron in blasting furnaces to transforming it into steel in various furnaces. We also focus on the contemporary use of electric arc furnace and the modern ways of steel rolling.

Exhibits:

  • Blast furnace operating control room
  • Puddling furnace
  • Convertor
  • Oxyvit
  • Electric arc furnace
  • Striking
  • Steam hammer

Around the World in Eighty Days

The third part of the exhibition puts the knowledge from the previous two parts into practice, and shows how steel is being used in the world around us. From bridge constructions to mass production of rails, you will also get to know all the fun facts about the development of railway transport, invention of steamboat or steam locomotive. Don’t miss out on the train station Nová Role, and try out telegram and Morse code in the train dispatcher’s office.

Exhibits:

  • Gas piston blowers
  • Cugnot’s steam wagon
  • History of rail development
  • Locomotive 310
  • Paddle steamer
  • Development of railway transport
  • Telegram
  • Pantograph

Robur the Conqueror

Conquer the scientific inventions regarding electricity, the physical and chemical principles of the generating process – from magnetic induction to battery, from mass industrial generation to everyday use. You don’t have to just watch and read, generate some electricity yourself! Sit down on a bike with a turbine and watch how your movement transforms into electric energy powering a radio!

Exhibits:

  • Galvanic cell
  • Magnetic induction
  • Electric motor
  • Journey of electric energy

Master of the World

The fifth section of the exhibition is dedicated mostly to the fuel in combustion engine, which partly resembles the steam engine but the specific characteristics make a difference in the structures of the two. Walk through this section to see how the combustion engine made its way from factories to being used in vehicles – look under the hood and then try our driving simulators of different vehicles, from motorcycles and trucks to a tractor.

Exhibits:

  • Gas station
  • Liaz truck engine
  • Euro track simulator
  • AT80 car simulator
  • AT208 car simulator
  • Zetor tractor
  • Karosa bus
  • Sailing

From the Earth to the Moon

Following up on the previous section of the exhibition, the development of combustion engine determined the wide variety of uses. Increasing performance and decreasing weight allowed for the engine to be put into airplanes. With higher engine performance came higher speed of the aircrafts which soon became a new mean of transport. The continuous development combined with the involvement of scientific institutions then lead to the development of highly specialized technology and expansion of astronautics. Aside from the largest exhibit – the Nautilus submarine – visitors can try out our flight simulator or look inside of a space landing cockpit.

Exhibits:

  • Nautilus submarine
  • Tumanskij engine
  • L-200 airplane flight simulator
  • Sojuz landing module
  • The first Czechoslovak satellite Magion

A Floating City

This water world at the ground floor of the exhibition unveils the secret of how the large transoceanic ships work, demonstrating it on an interactive exhibit of one of the crucial parts of a ship engine – a crankshaft, which is actually a speciality of the production in Vítkovice.

Exhibits:

  • A seaport and a crankshaft
  • Water wheels and turbines
  • Water distribution
  • Fountain and water games

Topsy-Turvy

We’re getting topsy-turvy near the end! The final section of the exhibition explores different phenomena and principles which are related to most laws of physics but are also pivotal in contemporary technology. Explore the history of lighting, walk through the whole colour spectrum, learn about acoustics or the history of sound recording, and don’t miss the soundproof tunnel.

Exhibits:

  • History of lighting
  • Colour mixing
  • Decibel meter
  • Frequency tunnel
  • Acoustic tunnel
  • Monochord
  • Musical instruments classification
  • Industrial chimes
  • History of sound recording