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Sammy offer reduced recpetion

Visitor notice: From Monday 6 August – Friday 24 August there will be a reduced reception service at the park side entrance of the museum. Please excuse this disruption as we prepare for the opening of our four new galleries in September. Find out more about our new galleries

Explore the changing world of optical aids from telescopes and beyond. But beware – you may have to look hard!

What has a jug with a likeness of Nelson got to do with a theodolite such as you would see a civil engineer peering into on a building site? From sextants and telescopes to binoculars, come on a trail and find out what people peer through and why.

Portable reflector telescope

This is a portable Gregorian (reflecting) telescope.


A theodolite is a surveying instrument with a telescope for measuring horizontal and vertical angles.