Antique Scientific Instruments on the Internet

Scientific Instruments (General)

ECHO Science & Technology Virtual Center
  • Cataloguing, Annotating, and Reviewing Sites on the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

    Historical Collections of Scientific Instruments
  • A comprehensive source list around the world

    Epact: Scientific Instruments of Medieval and Renaissance Europe
  • An electronic catalogue of early scientific instruments from four European museums

    Scientific Instrument Commission (SIC)
  • International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science (IUHPS)

    Scientific Instrument Society (SIS)

  • Email list for the history of scientific instruments

    Rittenhouse: The Journal of the American Scientific Instrument Enterprise

    Websters' Instrument Makers Database
  • Rod & Madge Webster's database of the signatures of scientific instrument makers

  • Public Museums with Scientific Instrument Collections

    Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa
    Deutsches Museum, Munich
    Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence
    Le Musee des arts et metiers, Paris
    Macleay Museum, University of Sydney
    Museum Boerhaave, Leiden
    Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford
    Museum of Scientific Instruments, University of Toronto
    Science Museum, London
    Smithsonian Institute: National Museum of American History
    Steno Museum - Danish Museum for the History of Science & Medicine
    Teylers Museum, Haarlem
    Whipple Museum for the History of Science, University of Cambridge

    Microscopes and Microscopy

    WWW Virtual Library: Microscopy
    Microscopy & Imaging Resources on the WWW
    Guide to Online Microscopy and Microanalysis Resources
    The Royal Microscopical Society (RMS)
    The Billings Microscope Collection
  • The complete catalog of the collection is now available for down-load

  • Telescopes and Astronomy

    Astronomiae Historia / History of Astronomy
    The Virtual Museum of the History of the Telescope
    Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, Chicago
    The Antique Telescope Society (ATS)
    Yahoo! Groups: Oldscope
  • Email list for members of the Antique Telescope Society

  • Globes

    The International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes
    Odden's Bookmarks
  • A comprehensive reference site for the map collector

  • Sundials and Compasses

    The North American Sundial Society (NASS)
    The British Sundial Society
    Yahoo! Groups: Sundial
  • Email list for sundials and gnomics

    Sundial Links
  • A comprehensive list of links to sundial related pages

    Pocket Compass Guide

  • Navigating

    National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
    The Mariner's Museum, Newport News, Virginia
    Yahoo! Groups: Sextants
  • Email list for navigating and related instruments

  • Surveying and Mining

    National Museum of American History (NMAH) - Surveying and Geodetic Instruments
    Surveyor's Historical Society (SHS)
    Surveying Instrument Collection, University of New South Wales
    Virtual Museum of Surveying
    Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Bochum
    Mining History Network
    Mining Artifacts
  • Restoration services for antique surveying instruments (1700-1850)

  • Mineralogy & Gemology

    Virtual Museum of the History of Mineralogy

    Drawing Instruments

    Yahoo! Groups: DrawingInstruments
  • Email list for drafting and drawing instruments


  • Slide Rules and Calculating Apparatus

    The Oughtred Society
  • Dedicated to the history and collection of slide rules

    Yahoo! Groups: SlideRule
  • Email list for slide rules

    The Virtual Museum of Computing (VMoC)

    Michel Bardel's list of Mechanical Calculators
  • A tentative list of all existing mechanical machines since 1820

    Calculating Machines Mailing List
  • Email list for mechanical calculators
  • The Arithmometers of Thomas de Colmar

    Calculating Machines
    The CURTA Calculator Page
    The Museum of HP Calculators

  • Science Demonstration Apparatus

    Center for History of Physics
  • American Institute of Physics (AIP)

    Instruments for Natural Philosophy
  • Pictures of about 1400 pieces, along with text and references

    Museo del Dipartimento di Fisica Universit "La Sapienza" Roma
    Museo di Fisica di Napoli, University of Naples
    Physics Laboratory & Museum of Scientific Instruments, Urbano University
    Physics Museum of the University of Coimbra
    The Physics Museum at the University of Queensland
    Electrostatic Machines
    The Cathode Ray Tube Site

  • Radio, Telephone, and Telegraph

    Antique Wireless Association
    Antique Telephone Collectors Association
    W1TP Telegraph & Scientific Instrument Museums

    Scales, Weights, and Measures

    International Society of Antique Scale Collectors (ISASC)
    Scales and Weights
    English Weights and Measures

    Alcohol Related

    The Sikes Hydrometer


    Virtual Museum of Weather Instruments

    Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical

    History of the Health Sciences World Wide Web Links
    Dittrick Medical History Center, Case Western Reserve University
    National Museum of Health and Medicine
    The Musuems at The Royal College of Surgeons of England
    The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry
    History of Pharmacy Museum, University of Arizona
    Museum of Questionable Medical Devices

    Pre-1870 American Surgical Instruments & Amputation Sets
  • Medical Antiques & Civil War Surgery Sets

    Medical Antiques Online
  • Dedicated to the History of the Stethoscope

  • Optical Toys

    Laura Hayes and John Howard Wileman Exhibit of Optical Toys

    Patent Models

    United States Patent and Trademark Office Museum
    The Rothschild Petersen Patent Model Museum
    Homer and Jean Blair Collection of United States Patent Models

    Websites of Fallbrook and Friends
  • The Insider's Guide to the Friendly Village

  • Current weather for Fallbrook, California

    Gamini Ratnavira - Wildlife Artist
  • Hidden Forest Art Gallery

    Pala International and The Collector
  • Gemstones, mineral specimens, and fine jewelry

    David Friend Productions
  • Our fine professional photographer in San Diego

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