The Putnam Gallery

TIME, LIFE, & MATTER: Science in Cambridge


Harvard has a rich history of scholarly contributions to the various natural, physical, and social sciences. Time, Life, & Matter features many important instruments that helped make those contributions possible.

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Highlights of the exhibit include a multitude of stories told in part by such items as a geometric sector designed by Galileo, electrical experimentation apparatus purchased on Harvard's behalf by Benjamin Franklin, a suite of clocks illustrating the development of modern synchronized time-keeping, medical apparatus designed, in part, by Charles Lindbergh (yes, that  Charles Lindbergh), and the artifacts of
top-secret research conducted by Harvard scientists during World War II.

Take a look at the instruments featured in "Time, Life, & Matter" close up using Waywiser.

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Ongoing Permanent Exhibit
The Putnam Gallery, Science Center 136