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Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments

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Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments

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Der Dresdner Zwinger, Dresden, Saxony Germany
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Martin_Ridgway wrote a review Oct 2019
Greater London, United Kingdom218 contributions51 helpful votes
If you're into this sort of thing, this is great. There's a room of globes from ancient onwards, lots of clocks, some misc instruments of divers sorts, and a top room of BIG instruments - if you want to see a burning mirror, they're here.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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SilverOrlov wrote a review Sep 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel1,130 contributions97 helpful votes
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Considering my tastes and interests, I think it was the most interesting museum for me that I have ever visited. This is a huge collection of everything related to accurate calculations of the past: mathematical and physical devices and instruments, geographical and astronomical devises and instruments. All kinds of watches and compasses, computing devices and so on. It was an unforgettable experience in its own way and I highly recommend visiting it for those who are also interested in such things... and just advising it to visit to those who came to Zwinger (like its other museums, such as art and porcelain collections).
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Date of experience: August 2019
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cc1Canada wrote a review Aug 2019
canada351 contributions46 helpful votes
I got a real sense of the slow progress it has taken us to become able to learn and use science as a tool for understanding how the world works. Definitely worth your time to put into perspective the steps humanity has taken to develop these skills.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Sandor_H_33 wrote a review Aug 2019
Budapest, Hungary229 contributions23 helpful votes
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Beautiful and interesting exhibition of globes, telescopes, a mechanical calculating machine from Pascal, and already forgotten instruments (Leiden jars) from the early times of electricity,when it was rather used in shows for creating sparks between people than for industry or meaningful use. Absolutely worth to watch read and try what you can.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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ElaineAndGreg wrote a review Aug 2019
Chesterland, Ohio2,465 contributions799 helpful votes
This is an excellent museum of what it is, but admittedly it isn't for all tastes. In addition to their extensive artistic interests, the electors of Saxony and their families also promoted the sciences, including math and astronomy. They left us with hundreds of beautifully made and beautiful instruments. This museum is part of the Zwinger Palace, which is beautiful in its own right and houses two other museums - the old masters (beware of ongoing renovation) and the porcelain museum, including its unique clock with porcelain bells. This museum takes up a handful of halls in the palace. It isn't very large, but it has lots of cool scientific objects ranging from clocks to measuring tools to telescopes. If you have a scientific bent, these should be fascinating, but many are practically works of art themselves. Some of my favorites: -There is a mechanical bear on the first floor. They have video of it in operation and it's amazing what it does using technology from before the American Revolution -They have intricate clocks where you can predict the location of the planets -There are lots of huge globes and telescopes I would combine this museum with a visit to the Zwinger Palace generally. The larger Residence Palace is just down the street, but you'll probably want to break them up and see them on different days.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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