The Museum illustrates the story of electrical technology and shows how it affects culture, society, economics, and all aspects of daily life.

about the Museum

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The Museum is an institution open to the public and is devoted to spreading information in a stimulating and accessible way.
The Museum of Electrical Technology was established in March 2000 by an agreement between the University Of Pavia, the Region of Lombardy, the Province of Pavia and the Town of Pavia. Its presence is a tribute to Alessandro Volta, inventor of the electric battery and professor at the University of Pavia.


Section One

Early Electricity. By the 18th century there is a virtual scientific community of people who travel and correspond, sharing their experiments which raise both admiration and curiosity. They use electricity for teaching and medical purposes as well as for entertainment. This section includes:

  • earliest experiments
  • static electricity
  • Volta and the electric current
  • towards electromagnetism
  • batteries
  • telegraphs
  • lighting
  • motors
  • earliest telephones
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The journey begins with the earliest discoveries and experiments and leads up to the latest developments. The exhibits show how people came to understand electricity, how it is used for both power and communication, and how it is controlled.


Section Two

Electricity comes of age. In the mid-19th century an intercontinental electric telegraph network becomes possible. Scientists and the lay public are amazed by the commercial success of telephony and pioneering experiments in wireless telegraphy. This section includes:

  • generators and power stations
  • transmission, control and measurement
  • industrial application
  • domestic appliances
  • communication
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A few years later electricity is used for tramways and railways. At the end of the century generation is concentrated in larger installations, away from urban centres. Electric motors begin to be used in factories and in a few domestic appliances, but new technology is only adopted slowly.


Section Three

Electricity for everyone. During the first half of the 20th century electricity generating stations increase in number and size, and electric power networks spread across Europe. This section includes:

  • telephones
  • radio and television
  • domestic appliances
  • medical electricity
  • tramways
  • rectifiers
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By mid-century about half the population of Europe have electric light in their homes.


Section Four

Electricity everywhere. Nearly everyone in Europe can have electricity at home. Although there are still many parts of the world where it is not available electricity transmission and distribution networks cover whole nations and cross national boundaries.

  • generators and power stations
  • transformers
  • switchgears, cables and insulators
  • measurements
  • electric lighting
  • domestic appliances
  • communications. radio and television
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It is the beginning of the "consumer society", powered by electricity and controlled by electronics; miniaturisation of all devices begins. Towards the end of the century personal computers and mobile phones come into general use.


Section Five

Electricity today and in the future. The use of electricity continues to increase, but there are problems as well as benefits. These problems can be reduced with improved control technology and by developing new sources of electric energy. This section includes:

  • domestic appliances
  • the electrical system of the museum
  • new sources of electricity
  • electricity in motor cars
  • batteries and fuel cells
  • robotics, control and automation
  • computers
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Advances in electronics bring smaller and smarter devices in all areas. In the "information age" people can obtain information instantly and communicate with others anywhere in the world as if they were in the same room. Our world now contains so many electrical devices that life without electricity is impossible to imagine.


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