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Desktop calculator with Nixie Tube display, ca. 1970

Scientific Objects and Instruments Collection

Historic telescopeThe Museum preserves scientific instruments acquired from the 1880’s to the early 20th century, including microscopes, custom-made laboratory and field apparatus, laboratory models, wall charts, and other items used for biological instruction and research. A brief history of biological science can be viewed through this collection.

Blaschka Glass Marine Invertebrate Models
Cataloged within the Scientific Objects Collection, is a remarkable set of glass marine invertebrate models that were created in the 1800’s by a father and son with the last name of Blashka. One model of Aulosphaera elegantissima Haeckel is pictured at right.  Click here to read about the history of the models, their construction and our future conservation plans.