The Microscopy section of the MusEYEum website looks at the world of microscopes from an optical and social perspective. It marks the contribution of the early microscopical pioneers and also that of Ernst Ruska, who, if not exactly bringing the optical side of the story to an end, took microscopy in a direction the museum cannot follow.
(Right): An eighteenth century microscope maker's workshop and an unusual twentieth century (?) model of a microscope made of bone and wood, with a tin lens cap.
Did you know?
The word 'microscope' was first coined in 1656, possibly half a century after the invention of the first instrument to which we would now give the name. The adjective 'microscopic' (as in pertaining to the function of a microscope) first occurs in 1680, but the use of the word to mean 'very small' does not occur before 1760.
The first simple insect viewers.
The great mind behind the 'Micrographia'.
Microscopes for collectors, scientists and schools.
Moving away from the optical microscope.