The Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments is part of the Dresden State Art Collections, and contain a world-famous collection of historical clocks and scientific instruments, including terrestrial and celestial globes, astronomical, optical and geodetic devices dating back to the 16th century, as well as historic instruments for calculating and drawing length, mass, temperature and air pressure.
The new exhibition presents about 500 historical scientific instruments. They are shown in four chapters. Some of the collection's highlights are the Arabic celestial globe of 1279, a calculating machine of around 1650 once belonging to Blaise Pascal and the orbit clock manufactured in the 1560s by order of the court of Dresden.
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