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Open seven days a week, 10.00-18.00. Entry to the Museum is free.

Science in the 18th Century

  • This gallery is now closed.
  • Highlights from the collection will be touring internationally – venues will be announced soon. 
  • Access to the stored collections will continue to be available by appointment.

Explore a unique collection of elegant scientific instruments and intricate models that belonged to King George III.

In the 1700s it was fashionable for wealthy people to have collections of scientific instruments. Discover how the teaching of scientific principles spread beyond the elite circles of the Royal Society, to reach large sections of the population.

Examine an air pump with a compression chamber, a water-raising machine and an Archimedean screw. There’s even a polemoscope, or ’jealousy glass’, used by opera goers to spy on other people in the audience. An audiovisual presentation offers you the opportunity to see some of the objects in action.

Visit Science in the 18th Century for a fascinating look at scientific apparatus.

Science in the 18th Century

Explore King George III’s collection of scientific apparatus
Floor: 3