Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

A window into the history of invention.

1 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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The Putnam Gallery in this small museum of the History of Science department at Harvard University, displays a multitude of fascinating instruments from centuries of invention. Highlights include such items as a geometric sector designed by Galileo, electrical experimentation apparatus purchased on Harvard's behalf by Benjamin Franklin, a suite of clocks illustrating the development of modern synchronized time-keeping, medical apparatus designed, in part, by aviator Charles Lindbergh, and artifacts of top-secret research conducted during World War II. A second floor gallery displays changing exhibitions. CHSI is one of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture.

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