Wednesday, 13 July 2016

The objects combine scientific inquiry and fine craftsmanship with being works of art in their own right.

Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon in the Zwinger | © Ad Meskens/WikiCommons
Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon in the Zwinger © Ad Meskens/WikiCommons
One of the oldest museums in the world is contained within the Rococo delights of the Zwinger in Dresden. The collection displays the fascinating Electors of Saxony and exhibits mechanical and scientific instruments ranging from 16th-century automata to superbly crafted telescopes.

Despite its rather cumbersome name, the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (officially The Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments) is a remarkably small yet fascinating museum located in the Zwinger in Dresden. It is, in fact, one of the oldest museums in the world. We visited it whilst we were in Dresden for the music festival and you can read my article on the CultureTrip.com website.

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