Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments

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Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments

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Bina
Sydney, Australia41 contributions
Family
This museum fascinated me for hours. There is a vast collection of marvels of Renaissance period engineering (astronomic and rare mathematical devices, unique Renaissance clocks, unbelievable globes). My teen enjoyed it as well. Great educational value. A hint: download the app and enjoyed a free tour.
Written January 7, 2019
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Marie_eve_78
88 contributions
Couples
This is a nice museum, where you can learn about the first advances in science regarding land measurement, navigation, watchmaking, etc. You won't learn about the story of mathematics or physics though. There are several interesting old machines, compasses, sundials, watches and clocks, gunner's measurement instruments, etc. There is also the first type of calculator, and some encryption devices. It is interesting to see and to learn. It is 6 euros per person if you take only this museum but you can buy a pass for two other museums too (art gallery and porcelain museum). The audioguide (we used English) is free.
Written April 20, 2016
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jumket
Stockport, UK50 contributions
Family
Sited within the Zwinger area, the museum has a beautiful collection of timepieces, and mathematical and scientific instruments, many dating from the 1700s. Very interesting and worth a visit.
Written January 7, 2019
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Timothy Aditya Sutantyo
Jakarta, Indonesia19 contributions
Solo
As its name suggests, the museum contains lots of instruments related to mathematics and physics, such as telescope, clocks, etc. And it has a huge number of them from different era, and they are original too! (Hence, some of the description will say that it has been damaged).

The museum itself is small, but if you plan to use the audio guide to supplement the provided description, it can add up to 3 to 4 hours. If you want to listen to the audio guide outside of the museum, you can download the app (it's mentioned in the TV near the receptionist), and download the audio guide (at least for me). Most of the instruments are well-descripted, although some of them, such as those at the end of "The course of time", don't have descriptions at all. And, what makes it good is all of the descriptions are available in English as well.

One flaw that I noticed in this museum is the lack of interactivity compared to other museums, which is the reason why I drop the score to 4. The only interactive exhibits are at "The Cosmos of the Prince" part, where you can play around with the earth, sun, etc, and hence, this is my favorite part. Another is pretty disappointing Wi-Fi; the app can't load properly when I visit the museum, although that might be because lots of people visiting there too.

The museum also provides locker to store your belongings for 1 Euro, which is nice, since you are not allowed to bring bags inside the museum.

Overall, pretty good experience, but it will benefit best for those studying math / physics, as well as architect to some extent.
Written March 17, 2018
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Ivy Y
19 contributions
Family
This museum is about mathematics. Or more specifically, instruments of math. It has a lot of them too. It is midem sized. It has 1 or 2 interactive exhibits that are pretty well designed to demonstrate the instrument. There is a wide plethra of instruments including telescopes and burning mirrors. I found it quite interesting even though Im not a person that loves math or science. I would recommend this museum to people that are interested in engineer becasue it has a lot of instuments.
Pros: Interesting
Pleasent staff

Cons:Little Small
Not much interactviy
Written March 24, 2017
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Schrodingers_Gerbil
Upstate NY118 contributions
Business
As a scientist who is fascinated by historical scientific instruments, this museum was a blast! The explanations are in both English and German. A number of very well produced videos illustrate the operating principles of a number of the devices. There is a very nice "exploded" astrolabe, for example, that helped me understand how these instruments work. Highly recommended
Written March 24, 2017
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Terence W
Nashville, United States96 contributions
I really enjoyed my visit here, seeing all kinds of instruments that were created hundreds of years ago to estimate distances, direction, time, etc. There were instruments to survey mines, to aim cannons, old telescopes, old maps, and all kinds of other things. Be aware that there is an audioguide that you can get at the front desk. There were no signs, so it wasn't obvious. But for no extra charge, you can get an audioguide, which provides a lot of background information of the significance of the inventions. I spent about 2 hours there on my visit and easily could have spent more time there. Most of the displays are well done, allowing you to see a lot of details of each of the devices and having good descriptions to help you understand exactly what you're looking at.
Written November 22, 2015
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MARGDARSHI
Mumbai, India1,355 contributions
Friends
While going around Zwinger among the many choices for a visit, we plumped for this one.This Museum is one of the oldest for the collection of scientific instruments under one roof.The prince of Saxony started this collection way back in 1600 & further additions have been added later on to increase its splendor & numbers.

The museum can be roughly divided into 5 sections 1) Cosmos-Astronomical,optical,mechanical & mathematical instruments.2) History of the museum 16th century on wards. 3) Universe of globes both terrestrial & celestial globes. 4 )Time Measurement -clocks,watches etc. 5) Salon for your calculations & drawings,mass,length & temperatures etc.
The museum also has other upper floors & exhibits behind the receptionist, so don`t miss out on them.Wonderful place for one`s enlightenment about the humanity`s scientific development.
Written July 25, 2015
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oldwig
Wigan, UK131 contributions
Couples
So many museums in Dresden so hard to choose what to see but if you are at all interested in the history of science this is well worth a visit. Clean modern displays & lots of information about early scientific instruments. Computer displays of the inner workings of various clocks & other machines wish I could have stayed longer.
Written October 25, 2014
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Janet S
Williamsburg, VA1,140 contributions
Couples
At first glance, this seems like a rather small collection, but that is only the first two rooms. There is also an upstairs display and more rooms on the other side of the reception desk.

This collection of clocks, automatons, optical instruments, encryption devices, gun sights, globes, telescopes, and much much more was begun in the 1500s and turned into a museum by August the Strong in the 1700s. The items are not only interesting for what they can do, but are really works of art in their own right. While my husband perused the technical aspects of the collection, I enjoyed its sheer beauty.
Written December 21, 2013
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