UPDATED: 8. NOV 2017, AT 10:15

Museum of vintage mobiles in Dobšiná attracts foreign media

A young man began collecting old mobile phones two years ago. Today, 1,500 models constitute a true museum of vintage mobile phones.

Štefan Polgári in his Museum of Vinatge Mobile Phones, Dobšiná(Source: TASR)
More information about travelling in Slovakia
Please see our Spectacular Slovakia travel guide.

Twenty-six year-old online marketing specialist Štefan Polgári from Slovakia began his collection more than two years ago when he bought a stock of old mobile phones online. Today, his collection boasts some 1,500 models, or 3,500 when counting duplicates. He is “offering visitors a trip down memory lane with his vintage mobile phone museum, to when mobile phones weighed more than today’s computers and most people couldn’t afford them”, The New York Times wrote on September 7.

The museum, which takes up two rooms in his house in the small eastern town of Dobšiná, opened last year and is accessible by appointment, the daily also informs.

The museum exhibits include the Nokia 3310, which has been updated and re-released recently, and a fully functional, 20-year old, brick-like Siemens S4 model, which cost a whopping 23,000 Slovak crowns – more than twice the average monthly wage in Slovakia when it came out, according to the NYT report, taken from the Reuters newswire.

“These are design and technology masterpieces that do not steal your time,” the daily quoted Polgári as having said. “There are no phones younger than the first touch-screen models, definitely no smart-phones.”

Polgári added that it is hard to say which phone is most valuable to him. “Perhaps the Nokia 3510i Star Wars edition”. The vintage mobile freak admitted, though, that in his daily life he uses an iPhone.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Constitutional Court hearings: The vote is a political affair, Fico says

MPs grilled the Constitutional Court candidates, former prime minister was the highlight of day one.

Robert Fico at the public hearing of candidates for the Constitutional Court judges.

Too cool for school?

Fico seems to think the rules don’t apply to him. But he wants to judge everyone else.

Robert Fico at the hearing.

Who will go to Court? Why the upcoming vote matters

The wrong people sitting in the Constitutional Court may dismantle rule of law step by step.

Wake up, Slovakia!

It is time to stop public information from being effectively hidden from public view.

Osturňa