The theatre of experiments

The Geneva scholar Marc-Auguste Pictet (1752-1825) delivered many courses to Academy students for over 40 years. He also gave public courses for adults which were open to women. Pictet built up an extensive cabinet of demonstration instruments purchased from the best European makers. These later became one of the founding collections of the Academy Museum (Musée académique) and of the History of Science Museu (Musée d’histoire des sciences). This collection is at the heart of The exhibition. Replicas of the instruments and interactive displays inspired by the great classical demonstrations of physics, give an opportunity to test and learn about the phenomena being presented.