This afternoon we went to the Teylers Museum in Haarlem. Neither of us had been there before, which is a damn shame since we live here in this town. It’s one of those things. When you live somewhere you never go to the places you should. This trip was organized by the librarian twitterers around here. DB is one of them. I’m just a hanger on. We had a special library tour.
We were surprised to show up at 12:45 and find a LINE of people waiting to get in, and this was 45 minutes after they opened. I think part of it was that there’s not much else to do on a Sunday afternoon after Christmas.
The first part of the museum consists of fossils of large and small animals. The second section is a collection of very early scientific instruments. These two rooms alone could take up a LOT of my time. We didn’t look around there long as we were staying together as a group and waiting for our tour guide. I managed to get some photos though.
A lot of the stuff in this room was dedicated to power generation. That grouping of large cans in the second photo above is actually a battery. A battery. Can you imagine? It must have been so exciting to have been a scientist 200 years ago. Everything was possible. Turning lead into gold was possible. Finding God in a spark or a mathematical formula was possible. I guess our expectations have changed quite a bit. We expect to now find the God Particle at CERN in the most tiny particle imaginable. Most everything else we think we’ve figured out. Ha!
In the third room ahead were more instruments along the side, and a collection of minerals and stones in the center.
Upstairs from here is where we had our library tour. It was a tour just for our little group. The inner library holds books from the 1600’s to mid-1900’s. The library is specialized in Natural History. I so wanted to look at one of the oldest English books they had, just to see how those old scientists wrote. Would I understand it? Maybe one day I’ll ask. They are very busy digitalizing their entire collection so maybe one day I can at least read online what is there. It was a very beautiful little library.
Even the floor grating was beautiful.
Here’s a photo of the Tweet Meet group. In the Queen’s Christmas speech she said that people should depend less on online social networks and more on real face to face meetings. Well, Madam, here’s one group that met online and now meets in person. You can’t get much better than that for expanding your social contacts!