Jozef Maximilián Petzval Museum, Spišská Belá

Múzeum Jozefa Maximiliána Petzvala, Spišská Belá
Contact: Eugen Labanič Director
Petzvalova 3, 059 01 Spišská Belá, Slovakia
421 (0) 52 459 1307, 421 (0) 918 965699
421 (0) 55 622 5965
10am-4.30pm Tue-Sat, closed Sun and Mon

Opened in 1968 in the former family home of Slovak photographic optics pioneer Jozef Maximilián Petzval (1807-1891), this museum documents Petzval’s important contribution to the development of modern photographic and cinematographic technique. Collections include a rare, all-metal daguerreotype instrument with a Petzval lens of 1840 produced by German optician Voigtländer, plus cameras, devices, aids and instruments dating from Petzval's times up to the very latest models. A special part of the exhibition is devoted to the early years of cinematography, and features two large-size cine-apparatuses for celluloid film.

The house in which the museum is situated is a Late Renaissance building which was rebuilt in Baroque style with a garret roof.