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Gallery Talk: Unpacking a 120-Year-Old Zeiss Photographic Microscope


Harvard Art Museums

A wooden microscope case, a microscope, and various accessories arranged against a gray background.

In this talk, two curators discuss what a 120-year-old Zeiss photographic laboratory microscope can tell us about science and art making.

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Gallery talks are limited to 18 people, and it is required that you reserve your place. At 10am the day of the event, reservations will open and may be arranged online through this form. The gallery talk reservation will also serve as your general museum reservation. If required, visitors will pay the museum admission fee upon arrival.


$20 Adults

$18 Seniors (65+)

Free Sundays—free to all!

Free All students with a valid ID

Free Harvard ID holders (plus one guest)

Free Harvard Art Museums Friends

Free Youth under 18

Free Cambridge residents (proof of residency required)

  • Free for some residents


  • In-person only.

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States


Neighborhood 9

Dates and Times

.: Tue, June 14 2022 12:30PM – 1PM.

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Curator Sara Schechner, from Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and Lynette Roth, curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, will team up to explore a 120-year-old Zeiss photographic microscope. The curators will look at the assemblage of its various parts and share with visitors what they tell us about how scientists work with such a microscope. Its diverse components, housed in a wooden case, reveal not only the technical challenges of taking photographs through a microscope lens, but also the instrument’s inherent social, cultural, and aesthetic connections.

A wooden microscope case, a microscope, and various accessories arranged against a gray background.

.: Tue, June 14 2022 12:30PM – 1PM.

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Harvard Art Museums

(617) 495-9400
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Last updated May 19, 2022.