Exhibitions and Displays

The Main Gallery

The Main Gallery, showing large objects on display
The Main Gallery of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science. Image © Whipple Museum

Formerly the 17th century Perse Room, the Whipple Museum's Main Gallery houses selected objects from our large collection. As well as large instruments - such as the 18th century Grand Orrery built by George Adams, and William Herschel's Newtonian telescope - there are a number of themed cases. These contain many exhibits associated with a variety of scientific fields. The gallery also hosts Case Studies, individual contributions by members of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science that display current research or areas of personal interest.

Our latest exhibition in this gallery is Why is This Here? Exploring the curious and controversial in the Whipple Museum's collection. This display asks staff and scholars from the Whipple Museum and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science to pick their favourite seemingly out-of-place objects, to help us explore why we collect these unusual and not always obviously 'scientific' artefacts.

Special Exhibition Gallery

Formerly the discover gallery, The Whipple Museum's newly refurbished Special Exhibition Gallery is currently hosting its first exhibition, Astronomy & Empire.

Globes in the Upper Gallery

Our Globes Gallery
Globes in the Upper Gallery. Image © the Whipple Museum

The Upper Gallery features our stunning permanent exhibition: Globes. Often light-sensitive, globes are challenging to display, not least because it is desirable, but difficult, to see the entire surface of the globe. The new cases allow visitors a complete 360° view of our oustanding collection of globes, planetaria and other related objects. This has been part funded by DCMS/Wolfson.

» Learn more about Globes using the Whipple Museum's Explore section [http://www.hps.cam.ac.uk/whipple/explore/globes/]

The Victorian Parlour

Shell displays and a stereoscopic viewer in the Victorian Parlour
Make your own shell display or look at early 3D images in the Victorian Parlour. Image © Whipple Museum

Upstairs in the Museum is the Victorian Parlour. This mini-gallery evokes the parlour of a 19th-century family interested in science. The room is filled with scientific objects which might have been found in the home during this period. Explore the drawers to find many 19th-century activities and games with a scientific theme - have fun designing your own animations using the zoetrope or look at early 3D images with the stereoscopic viewer.

The New Gallery

This gallery contains hands-on resources and activities, alongside displays that address Science in the School and Home. Although it is currently under construction, there is still lots to do and is a firm favourite with families. Keep an eye out for our giant model frog!

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