As researchers at Harvard have advanced the sciences,
the artifacts of their work continue to inform.

Harvard University has been acquiring scientific instruments on a continuous basis for teaching and research since 1672. The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, which was established in 1948 to preserve this apparatus as a resource for teaching and research in the history of science and technology, has become one of the three largest university collections of its kind in the world. Originally associated with the Harvard library system, the Collection was placed under the stewardship of the Department of History of Science in 1987.

Collection Research & Exhibition Advisory

Due to the impending Cabot Library renovation project in the Science Center, the CHSI will close for research and teaching until further notice.
The Putnam Gallery will be CLOSED May 31 through July 5, 2016 during renovations.
The Special Exhibitions Gallery, featuring "Radio Contact...," will remain OPEN during construction, and can be reached via the Oxford Street & Littauer entrances to the building. *Disability access will be available through the Littauer entrance only.

apologize for any inconvenience. 

Exhibit in Focus

Devin Kennedy, Grad Curator

Devin Kennedy, History of Science grad student, and Wheatland Curatorial Fellow, discusses his involvement in "Radio Contact."    MORE >

Instrument of the Month

Titchener's Color Pyramid

How many sides is your rainbow?

Inventory Number:  WJ0102
circa 1924
Cambridge, MA, USA