Dawn of the Electrical Age (1600-1800)

Our collection begins with one of the first modern applications of the Scientific Method by Sir William Gilbert in 1600. His revolutionary book, De Magnete, is here in the Museum. In addition this gallery features rare artifacts from the study of static electricity, placed in the context of an authentically recreated 18th century laboratory--just like the ones Benjamin Franklin and other "natural philosophers" of the era might have used. Here are but a few of the highlights:

  • Leyden Jars
  • Electrical Sportsman
  • Volta Multi-Canister
  • Volta Cannon
  • Priestley Friction Machine
  • Scintillating Tubes
  • Winter Friction Machine
  • Magnetic Toy