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Science and the tools used to execute research have come a long way since 1672 when Harvard University first began collecting scientific instruments for academic purposes.
Today, Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments is one of the largest collections of its kind in the world with over 20,000 objects.
The instruments found in the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments represent a large number of disciplines including astronomy, navigation, horology, surveying, geology, calculating, physics, biology, medicine, psychology, electricity, and communication.
Watch one of the famous scientific instruments at Harvard University
A library attached to the collection contains documents specifying the purpose and purchase of many of the scientific instruments on display. In addition, the collection has an online component called Waywiser that allows you to view pictures and descriptions of thousands of the pieces found at the museum.
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The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard often features unique exhibits. Past exhibits have included printing technology, patent creation in America, and an exhibition on Benjamin Franklin.
Visitors of the collection can learn about clocks, telescopes, medical instruments, and many other objects dating from the 17th century through present day.
Scientific Instruments at Harvard University Hours and Admission
Located at 1 Oxford Street in the Harvard Science Center, the Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments is open Monday-Thursday from 11-4 and Friday from 11-3. Admission is free and open to the public. For more on Cambridge museums click here!