Opened in 2002 the museum is popular especially among local fans of the great fictional icon, Jara Cimrman. It is placed in the basement of an old tower on Petrin Hill, Prague. The position is very well chosen because the main inspiration of the architects who built the Petrin Tower is the Eiffel Tower in Paris. In stories, Cimrman was told to be one of those who assisted in designing the infamous landmark.
Cimrman is a fictional character created by a comedy theater group. He was portrayed as one of the greatest Czech poets, playwrights, teachers, poets, travelers, detectives, philosophers, mathematicians, inventors, and sportsmen of the 19th and early 20th century.
Although he was intended to be just a caricature for the Czech people, he became immensely popular and is often considered to be a national hero. In most stories, he was said to be the inventor of almost everything, including a light bulb and dynamite, but was not acknowledged for his works.