After a ten-month refurbishment, more than 10,000 treasures of the Museum of History of Cambridge, including astronomical, navigational and mathematical rarities, can be seen again.
During the renovation of the 75-year-old institution, new floors have been laid and roof maintenance has been carried out, wrote the BBC news portal.
The Whipple Museum of History of Science belongs to the University of Cambridge. Robert Stewart Whipple, a scientist dealing with trade in scientific instruments, founded in 1944 when he donated his own collection to the university. The museum currently has more than ten thousand scientific instruments and rare books.
His greatest treasures include a microscope used by Charles Darwin and a six-stroke solar system model dating from 1750, but with globes and 17-19. Century telescopes are also in the collection.
Among the book rarities is Isaac Newton’s work, Principia Mathematica and Christiaan Huygens Horologium Oscillatorium.
According to Claire Wallace, the director of the collection, the museum is a “magical place”, its historic building was the university’s former physical and chemical laboratory.
“The collection highlights the general cultural importance of scientific endeavors and the lives and results of great scientists,” Wallace emphasized.