The Foundation for Academic Heritage (Stichting Academisch Erfgoed or SAE) is responsible for the interests of the material heritage of the Netherlands’ five oldest universities. Its web site also lists a number of ‘crown jewels’, who together provide some insight into the rich diversity of Dutch academic material culture. The SAE is hosting a special web site devoted to medical heritage.
Scienfific heritage, including scientific instruments, is being kept in these museums and institutes:
- Museum Boerhaave, Leiden. For several instruments a special selection has been made. An on-line surveyof the most important instruments and objects is under construction.
- Teylers Museum Haarlem. For the instruments of the nineteenth century an advanced website has been built showing the instruments on all sides in detail.
- The Utrecht University Museum has only a few objects online.
- Technical University Delft: The old museum has been closed in 2008. In 2010 the TU Science Center will emerge.
- The Groningen University Museum has a number of nice collections.
- The Eisinga-planetarium in Franeker houses a large number of telescopes and other astronomical objects. Academic heritage of the former Universiteit of Franeker (1585-1811) is preserved in the Museum Martena at Franeker
Rest of the world
- For other university museums, see the UMAC Worldwide Database of University Museums & Collections.
Databases for scientific instruments
- For research on scientific instruments the Webster-Database of instrument makers supported by the Adler Planetarium at Chicago is very useful.
- Catalogues of scientific instrument maker firms operational since the 19e-century have been digitalised by the Smithsonian Institution in the project Instruments for Science, 1800-1914
- A similar project of digitalised catalogues of scientific instruments is carried out by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.
- A database of historical telescopes: Dioptrice: Refracting Telescopes prior to 1775.
Databases for scientific objects in other Dutch museums
- Maritiem Digitaal is a database of all the Dutch maritime museums.
- Searching is possible in the collection database of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
- Rete is an international mailinglist devoted to teh History of Scientific Instruments, maintained by the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford (G.B.)
- At Leiden University a Leiden Centre for the Study of University Collections and Museums has been founded.