Photography also played a fundamental role in the documentation of science, its discoveries, techniques, and instrumentation.

Scientific instruments are an extension of the human hand, a sort of prosthesis that helps the scientist to operate, manipulate, and study objects of all kinds.

With the precious collaboration of Paolo Brenni (1954-2021), we have created this section dedicated to scientific instrumentation so as to allow viewers to discover the machines and apparatus that contributed to research in various scientific fields in the century between 1839 and 1939. This journey through time becomes possible through the eye of those who photographed the instruments in a wide range of contexts and for diverse purposes. Thanks to photography we can see the scientific apparatus of a past era just as it once was, in its original setting.