The Nikola Tesla Museum was conceived from the outset as a complex institution, encompassing cultural, educational, scientific and memorial functions. This largely determined its original vision and mission. As a cultural institution, the Museum deals with the protection and presenta-tion of Tesla’s legacy. In the scientific field, the Museum carries out re-search and publishes Tesla’s original works, while staff and associates take part in scientific conferences at which research results are present-ed. The Museum also holds the remains of Nikola Tesla, which makes it one of the few museums in the world which has a memorial as well as a technical function.
The universal connectedness of modern society, together with the ex-traordinary interest of people around the world, particularly the young, in Tesla’s personality and work, today give a special validity to the original concept of the Museum’s social role. It may also be said that the modern vision and mission of the Museum are defined jointly by the staff and the interested public both in Serbia and abroad.
We believe that the future of the Museum lies in scientific research which will help us to better understand Tesla’s thinking, in a multidisciplinary approach, horizontally connected with culture, science and education, and in innovative programs which involve the public, especially the younger generation.
After the death of Nikola Tesla, an American court, in January 1943, awarded custody of his property to Sava Kosanović. the son of Tesla’s youngest sister Marica. Sava Kosanović was a Serbian politician, publicist and diplomat who, at that time, was living in New York as a member of the Royal Yugoslav Government-in-exile.
Recognizing the universal importance of Nikola Tesla and his creation, on 16th October 2003 UNESCO included Tesla's archive, as a part of the movable documentary heritage of mankind in the Register "Memory of the World".