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Physical Science Hall, NMHT

Smithsonian Institution Archives
See also Record Unit 285, Box 19, Folder 11.

Requested from Photographic Services Division by Office of the Deputy Director.

Physical Science Hall at the National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT), now known as the National Museum of American History.

Museum of History and Technology, Hall of Physical Sciences

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Chemistry Laboratory of about 1790

Museum of History and Technology, Hall of Physical Sciences

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Laying out the Nation's Capitol - Diorama of Andrew Ellicott Surveying Washington, D.C.

Museum of History and Technology, Hall of Physical Sciences

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Pike Shop Lounge

Physical Science Exhibit, A & I Building

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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.

Museum of History and Technology, Hall of Physical Sciences

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Chemistry Laboratory of about 1790

ticker tape timer

National Museum of American History

stroboscope, hand held

National Museum of American History

electron tube for mass of the electron experiment

National Museum of American History

solenoid, air core with copper coils

National Museum of American History

New Natural & Physical Sciences Subject Guides

Smithsonian Libraries
We have exciting news to share: the Smithsonian Libraries has launched new subject guides to support general research in the natural and physical sciences.  These web guides include Natural History, more »

Pike Shop Lounge in Hall of Physical Sciences at National Museum of History and Technology

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Also known as SIA2010-2938.

Requested from Office of Printing and Photographic Services (OPPS) by Office of the Deputy Director, NMHT.

See also Record Unit 285, Box 19, Folder: Permanent Exhibits.

Interior view, facing entrance of Pike Shop.

Ripple Tank

National Museum of American History
The ripple tank demonstrated a variety of wave phenomena, and was the best known device created by the Physical Sciences Study Committee. It was introduced in the late 1950s and remained essentially unchanged for 50 years. In this example, the tank is made of glass with wooden sides and 4 aluminum legs. A support rod, V-shaped base, and clamps hold the high power lamp. Two wooden square rods serve as straight wave generators; each is equipped with a small motor. There are, in addition, several yellow ball wave generators and several foam rubber baffles.

The light source consists of a 150-watt glass lamp mounted in a well-ventilated flat black shield. Its box is marked: The Science Source®. This firm was established in Waldoboro, Maine, in 1986. It is still in business and still selling light sources of this sort. See http://thesciencesource.com

References: PSSC, "Physics Laboratory Guide" (1960), pp. 26-33 (photos and diagrams of several ripple tank set-ups).

Central Scientific Company, "Educational Catalog" (1974), p. 48 (for ripple tank).

Hall of Physical Sciences Staff Preview

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Also known as 59847.

Digital contact sheet available.

Staff preview of the Hall of Physical Sciences at the Museum of History and Technology, now known as the National Museum of American History.

Hall of Physical Sciences Staff Preview

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Digital contact sheet available.

Staff preview of the Hall of Physical Sciences at the Museum of History and Technology, now known as the National Museum of American History.

science kit

National Museum of American History

Press Release Photos of Exhibits for Hall of Physical Sciences

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Also known as 59810.

Digital contact sheet available.

See also Record Unit 95, Box 45, Folder 13.

Press release photos of exhibits for Hall of Physical Sciences at the Museum of History and Technology, now known as National Museum of American History.

Press Release Photos of Exhibits for Hall of Physical Sciences

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Also known as 59810.

Digital contact sheet available.

See also Record Unit 95, Box 45, Folder 13.

Press release photos of exhibits for Hall of Physical Sciences at the Museum of History and Technology, now known as National Museum of American History.
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