Philips & Co, the seed that grew into an international corporation

On 27 April 1891, Gerard Philips purchased an empty factory building on the Vrijstraat in Eindhoven for the sum of NLG 12,150. Soon afterwards, on 15 May 1891, the firm 'PHILIPS & CO' was founded, and began the production of carbon-filament lamps.

Electric light, a revelation

In the exposition you can follow the development of electric light from the first carbon-filament lamps. A host of products, pictures and posters illustrate the evolution of the lamp, which defined Philips's profile for decades.


Spectacular development of sound

The first systems for recording and reproducing sound came into being towards the end of the 19th century. The collection shows the evolution from cylinder and metal disc musical boxes to gramophones and from crystal receivers to stereo radio's. One of the many eye-catching exhibits is the very first complete Philips radio receiver, consisting of a separate receiver unit, power supply and loudspeaker. In  fact at the beginning of the age of radio, Philips only produced separate loudspeakers, radio valves and the like for third parties. It was not until 1927 that the company started the production of complete radio sets.


Images, from black-and-white to colour

From the late 1920's Philips played a role in the first experiments in 'mechanical' television based on the Nipkow-disk. Only much later the cathode-ray tube was used for television. Nowadays we have TVs with plasma and LCD screens. In the exposition you can see vintage television sets, as well as related products like video recorders, professional studio cameras and an 'antique' cinema projector.


Philishave, an international success story

The world-famous Philishave dry-shaver with rotating head was a unique Philips invention. Almost the complete development of this still popular appliance can be seen in the exposition, from the first 'single rotating head', later known as 'the Steel Beard'.


Professional products

As well as consumer products, Philips has produced a wide spectrum of professional products in many fields. You can see many examples, such as :
- electron microscopes
- medical systems
- a studio mixing desk
- a short-wave transmitter
- computers
- film projectors


And so much more....

In the exposition you will find a host of other things that are well worth seeing, like a large model of the small provincial town of Eindhoven in the year 1890, advertising posters, photographs, etc.