The Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade has changed hands and is now being administered by the Serbian government instead of the city authorities, Nova Ekonomija magazine reported on Friday.
According to the Official Gazette the Republic o Serbia is taking over the founder’s rights over the museum from the city of Belgrade. The name and seat of the museum remains unchanged and it will continue the activities it was set up to perform, the notice said and added that the decision to transfer the rights was taken by the belgrade city authorities. The notice said that the museum will be financed from the Serbian budget and other sources in line with the law.
The Nikola Tesla Museum was the focus of weeks of protests a few years ago because of an agreement signed between the government and Serbian Orthodox Church which insisted on the removal of the ball-shaped urn containing Tesla’s ashes from the museum for interment under his statue in the park in front of the St Sava Temple in Belgrade. The Church and government abandoned the idea following the protests and reports that Tesla’s sole living descendant opposed the transfer of the urn.