The tour through our Auer von Welsbach Museum takes you through 6 exhibition rooms:
Room 1 gives an insight into the variety of objects we use every day today, in which the inventions and discoveries of Dr. Carl Auer von Welsbach's obvious or hidden for us all perform their useful service (light and fire, magnet technology, glass coloring, etc.). Personal belongings of Auer von Welsbach, family photos, awards and honors give the visitor a first overview together with the printed museum guide in different languages, which you can download here as well.
Room 2 takes you into the world of the most successful element explorer. One of his spectroscopes is installed ready for visitors to show how Auer von Welsbach was able to discover his elements Praseodymium, Neodymium, Ytterbium and Lutetium with the knowledge gained from his teacher Robert W. Bunsen in Heidelberg. From Bunsen also exhibited dedicated documents (Liebig, Helmholtz, Faraday, etc.) come from the Bunsen Library acquired by Auer von Welsbach and important manuscripts by Auer.
Room 3 conveys the development of artificial lighting technology throughout history, with the inventions of gas-incandescent light (1885) and the metal filament light bulb (1898) by Auer von Welsbach. Which were the trigger of one of the biggest and most conducive upheavals in human society.
Room 4 points to the unprecedented evolution of the technique of fire-making, which started with the invention of Auermetall Flint (1903). A unique exhibition of rarest lighters awaits the visitor. Amazing also the earliest 3D colour photographs (1910). These and other artful photographs by Auer von Welsbach characterise him as the most important photographer of his time.
Manuscripts and documents from his entrepreneurial activities in Austria, USA, Canada, France, England etc. bear witness to a successful producer and marketer of his own inventions. Breeding new varieties of rose and apple testify to his botanical ambitions.
Room 5 In Room 5, you can watch a video film called "The End of the Darkness."
The film sheds light on the work of this inventor and scientist, who founded the Treibacher Chemische Werke, today's Treibacher Industrie AG, thus contributed to the economic and social rise of an entire region (Founded in 1898 in Treibach, a district of Althofen).
A listening sample of the earliest sound recording with the voice Auer von Welsbach from 1900 can also be retrieved at the touch of a button.
Room 6 Enter the world of work of Austria's most successful and greatest inventor.
Original exhibits from his laboratory are positioned in such a way that Dr. Carl Auer von Welsbach made his inventions and element discoveries. A scoreboard on his pioneering achievements in the Austrian electricity supply through the construction of four power plants (1898-1920) also shows his visionary ability to build a dam and a power plant in the best possible area of Austria, the Reißeck mountains.
Finally, a 4-minute light and sound presentation gives a summary of the life and work of this world-important universal genius-Dr. Carl Auer von Welsbach.
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