Writing Ball – the first mass-produced typewriter, 1865.
The National Museum of Science and Technology’s collections contain more than 55,000 objects, including everything from entire aircraft to smartphones. You can search in our collections online.
The Museum’s object collections are a rich source of material for understanding our cultural heritage and the development of technology. The Museum has been collecting objects since it was founded in 1924. These objects can be used in our exhibitions or lent to other institutions. Around 1,200 objects are usually on display at any one time, with the remainder stored in various types of storage spaces.
Images and text about many of our objects are published online and you can explore them at DigitaltMuseum.
Questions about our object collections
If you have any questions concerning objects or you would like to study particular objects or artefacts that you believe may be found in the Museum’s collections, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If we don’t have the expertise on hand to adequately respond to your question, we will try to help you find someone who knows more. We will also try to answer your questions concerning the care and preservation of materials.
We can only receive pre-booked visits. Please contact us well in advance so that we can prepare for your visit in the best possible way.Show more
Last updated 24 July 2023.