Museum of the Opole University of Technology and X-Ray Tubes
ul. Prószkowska 76, Building V,
Tel. (77) 449 86 40
Tuesdays – Fridays: 9 am – 2 pm
Visits can be arranged at other times (i.e. on Saturdays or Sundays) after prior agreement.
Director: Grzegorz Jezierski PhD
The Museum of the Opole University of Technology and X-Ray Tubes – the only collection of X-ray tubes of this type in the world – was established on 8 November 2011 to commemorate the university’s 45th anniversary and the anniversary of the discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Röntgen. However, the exhibits began to be amassed in 2005 when they
were still part of a private collection belonging to Grzegorz Jezierski, a staff member of the Opole University of Technology. The museum contains X-ray tubes used for various applications: medical, industrial, appliances for X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence, as well as unique sources of X-ray radiation such as sources for X-ray lithography, demountable pulsed tubes or sources with a microfocus. Apart from X-ray tubes, the museum also contains a display of housings and heads of X-ray units as well as complete X-ray units for various applications. Furthermore, the collection contains other exhibits related to X-ray radiation, such as kenotrons (high-volatge rectifier tubes), X-ray image intensifiers, X-ray cameras, X-ray lenses, dosimetric equipment for X-ray radiation measurements and auxiliary equipment for X-ray examinations, including X-ray diffraction cameras. There is also a sizeable display of Polish and foreign literature related to X-ray radiation. The collection is accompanied by a portfolio of artistic X-ray photographs taken by many artists from around the world. The museum provides valuable educational assistance (in the field of the history of technology, material engineering and high voltage technology) not only for university students but also students of high schools and postsecondary schools (e.g. regarding radiology techniques). The collection, on display in three rooms totalling more than 200 sq. metres, consists of more than 1,000 unique exhibits (as of September 2017). They have all been donated by 442 benefactors, including 162 from abroad (from 25 countries in total). The museum is located on Campus 2 of the Opole University of Technology. Structurally, it is part of the rector’s office – within the
Promotional and Cultural Section. The museum actively participates in events such as the Night of Museums, the Science Festival and the International Day of Radiology (on 8 November).
Grzegorz Jezierski PhD