Eighteenth-century microscopes and historical slides brought to life by modern microscopy
This exhibit showcases a selection of books from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that contain extraordinary illustrations of animals and plants as they were originally seen through the lenses of early microscopes.
Our display also includes three eighteenth-century microscopes, one of which, the Culpeper-style English model, came to us with nine antique specimen slides. Guest curator Gregg Sobocinski, MCDB imaging specialist, has brought these historical slides to new life by capturing images with a modern microscope. These are displayed on the wall cases located on the right side of the exhibit area. Additionally visitors of this exhibit have the opportunity to view actual organic specimens by using the microscope located in the exhibit room. Both the books and the historical microscopes are part of the Special Collections Library.
On display Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM