Enquiries about individual instruments should be referred to the nearest history of science museum rather than to the Society.

Staff from the following museums are currently active in the Society and may be a good start for your enquiry. Please mention the Scientific Instrument Society website when contacting them. For a larger ranging list of worldwide science museums and institutions see the museum list provided by the Museo Galileo (formerly the Istituto e Museo di Storia Della Scienza), Florence.


Australian National Maritime Museum (Sydney)
Macleay Museum (University of Sydney)
Museum of Lands Mapping & Surveying (Brisbane)
The Physics Museum (University of Queensland, Brisbane)


Museum voor des Geschiedenis van de Wetenschappen (University of Ghent)


Canada Science & Technology Museum (Ottawa)
Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto)


Kroppedal Museum for Astronomi, Nyere Tid, Arkaeologi (Taastrup)
Rundetaarn (Copenhagen)


L'Observatoire de Paris (Paris)
Musee des Arts et Metiers - CNAM (Paris)


Deutsches Museum (Munich)
Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (Dresden)


Museo Galileo (Florence)
Museo dei Mezzi di Communicazione (Arezzo)
Museo di Storia della Fisica (University of Padua)
Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Turin)
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci (Milan)
Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo Giuseppe S. Vaiana (University of Palermo)


Museum Boerhaave (Leiden)
Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum (Amsterdam)
Teylers Museum (Haarlem) - The link is to the Cabinet of Physics microsite (in English)
Universiteitsmuseum (University of Groningen)
Universiteitsmuseum (University of Utrecht)
Planetarium Zuylenburgh


Jagiellonian University Museum (Kracow)


Museu de Ciencia (University of Lisbon)
Museu de Ciencia (University of Porto)


Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Madrid)


Musee d'Histoire des Sciences (Geneva)
Musee de Physique (Lausanne)

United Kingdom

Armagh Observatory (Armagh)
British Museum (London)
British Optical Association Museum (London)
Hunterian Museum (University of Glasgow)
Museum of the History of Science (University of Oxford)
Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester (Manchester)
National Army Museum (London)
National Maritime Museum, with the Old Royal Observatory, Greenwich (London)
National Museum of Science and Industry (London)
National Museums of Scotland (Edinburgh)
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum (Penzance)
Victoria and Albert Museum (London)
Whipple Museum of the History of Science (University of Cambridge)

United States of America

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum (Chicago)
Bakken Library and Museum (Minneapolis)
Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia)
Harvard University Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (Harvard University)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) - Timekeeping
Peabody Museum (Yale University)
Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC)
The Mariners' Museum (Newport News, Virginia)

Other Learned Societies

Antiquarian Horological Society
Antique Telescope Society
British Sundial Society
Ophthalmic Antiques International Collectors' Club
Plastics Historical Society
Quekett Microscopical Club
Royal Institution of Great Britain
Royal Microscopical Society
Royal Society
Scientific Instrument Commission (SIC)
Surveyors Historical Society (SHS)

See also the list of links to Professional Societies and Scholarly Journals on the
H-Sci-Med-Tech discussion list website

Guilds and Livery Companies

Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers
Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers

These links are provided for the benefit of SIS members and users of the SIS website. No responsibility can be accepted for broken links or the content of sites to which the links point. Reciprocal links welcomed.

Last Updated on Tuesday 28 April 2015, 7:32pm
 67 guests