Luogo - Museum
Museo del gabinetto di Fisica dell’Università
Where Piazza della Repubblica, 3, Urbino (Pesaro e Urbino)
Several collections of scientific instruments are present in Urbino: apart from the University collection of the Gabinetto di Fisica and that of the Liceo-Ginnasio "Raffaello", there are also interesting sets of instruments in other schools (middle schools, teachers’ training schools, other high schools). The various collections include more than one thousand instruments overall, even though by now no complete census has been made. The interesting aspect seems to be that all these collections probably date back to the nineteenth century, which was characterized by a close cultural link between the University and the "Collegio dei Nobili". The rich collection of instruments of the Gabinetto di Fisica was gathered over the time through gifts, purchases for institutional purposes and acquisitions of different kind. Evidence of this evolution can be found in old catalogues, epistolary exchanges, administrative and book-keeping letters, orders and invoices.