Physical Science Exhibit, A & I Building

ID: 45578 or MAH 46545

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1959

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 43, Folder: 18

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The Physical Science Exhibit opened in 1959 in the Arts and Industries Building. The exhibit is a recreation of Henry Fitz's workshop, this country's first commercial telescope maker. The exhibit represents the shop of a 19th-century instrument maker. In it may be seen the crude foot-powered lens grinder and polisher, the simple testing apparatus, and a number of telescopes under construction. An animated figure in the background, working patiently at polishing a lens, helps to illustrate the methods by which Yankee ingenuity has contributed to science as well as to the invention of gadgets.


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 43, Folder: 18

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  • Museum buildings
  • Fitz, Henry
  • Physical sciences
  • Telescopes
  • Exhibitions
  • Workshops
  • Museum mannequins


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45578 or MAH 46545

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print

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