Henri Tudor Museum (Rosport, Luxembourg)

Henri Tudor Museum Rosport



4.8/5 Pros

  • Great, interactive museum
  • Very good reference to other inventors
  • Also suitable for kids
  • Lovely garden

No, this place is not about The Tudors. Henri Owen Tudor might not be in scope of some of you, but the 1859-born inventor changed our life with one of his key productions. Based on former findings by Wilhelm Josef Sinsteden, Gaston Plante and Camille Faure, he finally constructed the first rechargeable lead-acid battery, which was robust enough to be used for commercial purposes. His last home in Rosport, Luxembourg, where he also died in 1928, has been turned into a museum, praising the life and the invention of the entrepreneur. My wife and I had a visit in late summer 2022. In French, the museum is typically named Musee Tudor.


Henri Tudor Museum – Location & Admission

Rosport is a cityx in the very Northeast of Luxembourg. We visited museum as part of our stay in the Holiday Home Wonderland in Ralingen, Germany, just across the River Sauer. The former home of Tudor rather feels like a castle in a large garden-alike estate. The churchyard, in which Tudor is buried is just a few walks away. Parking is a bit of tricky, but doable in the small town. Several bus lines connect Rosport with domestic destinations.

Adult admission to the museum is 5 Euro. People under 21(!) are free. The opening times of the museum differ by season. From November March, the museum is opening Wednesday to Sunday from 14:00 to 17:00. The July and August opening times are daily, 10:00 to 18:00. The remaining months, you can visit the Henri Tudor Museum Wednesday to Sunday from 14:00 to 18:00 hrs. You should at least block one hour for the visit on top of strolling though the garden and exploring the neat town of Rosport.


Henri Tudor Museum – The Visit

After checking in at the entrance, you first head up to the very top floor (third floor) and then make your way down through the building. Even if you are not too much into technology, you learn a lot in the Henri Tudor Museum. There are different sections of the museum. However, the museum tries to have a lot of interaction and experiments, so that it is also a nice place to learn for younger visitors. You first learn about electricity and the history of the invention of batteries (and rechargeable batteries in special). Thereby, simple, very transparent experiments help you to understand the thoughts of Henri Owen Tudor, who is originally from nearby Ferschweiler (nowadays located in Germany, roughly 16km away).

However, there is also a section about the person and the businessman Henri Tudor. For example, you learn about the Rosport factory, which Tudor drove and later turned into AFA and then Varta (after Tudor’s death). Again, there is always a mixture of historic facts and experiments, so that you cannot really say that this part is less suitable for kids or people who are not that interested in these kind of details. There are also some inventions which might feel very modern from a today’s perspective, including a fully electric driven car. The more you get closer to ground level, the more you also learn about the rather modern influences of the work of Henri Tudor.


Henri Tudor Museum – Service

During our visit, the staff of the museum was very friendly and charming. There is also a small souvenir store. At the end of the visit, however, you are allowed to build a small battery-based illuminated souvenir, which was quite some fun and made us smile. This is for free.


Henri Tudor Museum – My View

I absolutely liked this museum, which is a real hidden gem to me. The interaction is nice and quickly leads you into the topic. I also liked that the museum is not only praising and glorifying the work of its key person, but also explains how inventions by other people finally lead to Tudor’s important products. If you are around, you definitely should have a visit at the Henri Tudor Museum.


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