Jara Cimrman House

Museum
7 Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne
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Jára Cimrman: The son of Leopold Cimrman, a Czech tailor working in Vienna, and Marlene Jelinkova, an Austrian actress, Cimrman was born in either 1853,1859 or 1869. Cimrman attended Czech and German schools in Vienna, and continued his studies in Prague. Due to the family's poverty, Cimrman's parents dressed him in second-hand clothes from his sister Luisa, and sent him to a girls' school, hiding his identity from him.

He went on to be known as "the Master" and is described as a universal genius, and one of the greatest Czech playwrights, poets, composers, teachers, travellers, philosophers, inventors, detectives, mathematicians, and sportsmen of the 19th and early 20th century.

He also invented the front door, but insisted they were only used externally on the first floor of buildings. As a result he received little acclaim for his invention during his life time. It was later adapted for use internally as well as on ‘street’ level and they have since become widely popular.

Entry: Via the blue door* (just ring the doorbell and wait)
* always remember Cimrman’s 9th Commandment.

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7 Stepney Bank
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 2PW
United Kingdom
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