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 Cabot Library renovation project in the Science Center, the CHSI will remain closed to research and teaching until further notice.

The Putnam and Special Exhibitions Galleries will remain OPEN during construction. The Harvard Mark I installation will be inaccessible for the duration of the renovation project, but will be back on view later this spring.

We 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

Waterfall Illusion
Old School Experimental Psychology
waterfall illusion
Inventory Number:  WJ0216
United States