Margarethenhütte Electro-porcelain Museum
Switches, connectors, lamp holders: in addition to plates and cups, porcelain was to be found everywhere in grandmother’s parlour. Porcelain was used wherever electricity was involved. Even if this sophisticated material has largely disappeared from our private lives today, it remains ubiquitous as an insulator, at least in industry. Did you know that one of the most important German manufacturers of electrotechnical porcelain products was once located in Großdubrau? Today an exciting museum is located here telling the story of isolators, power generation, industrial and contemporary history.
Coal, porcelain, destruction, reconstruction, nationalisation, liquidation: the story told by the Margarethenhütte Electro-porcelain Museum is as captivating as a crime thriller. It begins with a random find of lignite. The company was originally a mining operation. In the middle of the 19th century, a few of the miners stumbled on clay when digging for lignite. The mine thus became a pottery factory named after the daughter of the Saxon king. The Margarethenhütte grew over time to become an important producer of technical porcelain.
In the former circular furnace building dating back to 1885, functional equipment and machines impressively demonstrate the historic production of porcelain isolators. Displayed over three floors, 17 exhibition rooms, films and a high-voltage test field provide insights into a piece of history that is truly exciting. Grandmothers’ parlour with its many antique electrical appliances and ceramic insulators is also on display. In addition to large-scale exhibits, there is also a functioning crude oil engine from 1938 set up within the grounds of the museum, which still generates electricity today.
Tip: There is lots for children to see and do: search for treasure, pan for gold, sand and polish stones. And anyone that wants to can try his or her hand at casting ceramics, turning the spindle or designing with clay in the studio.
02.01. to 30.12.
- 10:00 – 14:00 Time
- 10:00 – 14:00 Time
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