Huygens-type simple microscope

Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695)Vers 1680

Musée des Confluences

Musée des Confluences
Lyon, France

This veritable jewel was designed by the famous Dutch astronomer and physicist Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695). He succeeded in creating a high performance, easy to use instrument thanks to a diaphragm and the object revolver. It was made and engraved by Jean de Pouilly for a clientele of wealthy amateurs.


  • Title: Huygens-type simple microscope
  • Creator: Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695)
  • Date Created: Vers 1680
  • Location: France (Paris)
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 14,5 cm; L: 4,5 cm; D: 2,8 cm
  • Provenance: Giordano Collection
  • Subject Keywords: science and technology, History of Science, History of Science, permanent exhibition, microscope
  • Type: Microscope
  • Rights: Musée des Confluences (Lyon, France) © Olivier Garcin
  • External Link: Learn more at the museum website
  • Medium: brass, ivory, glass

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