St. Peter Museum of Stuff

Exhibit on the Inventors of the Renaissance Era

Inventors in the Renaissance

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 4:30pm

Broadway Ave

St Peter, MN

The Renaissance sparked a era for pioneering in technology like never before. It brought forth famous inventions that use use now or were the backbone for some modern inventions. The inventors in the Renaissance were constantly thinking of new radical ideas to shape the world.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Perhaps the most well known of all inventors he actually did not invent that much. He dreamed big and made many designs but few were constructed due to his designs being to early for them to be practical. He made sketches of things like flying machines and tanks when people were still using horses. He was a Renaissance man who was ahead of his time.

Johannes Gutenberg (1395-1468)

Johannes Gutenberg perhaps made the most important invention in the Renaissance. He contributed a lot to modern printing and his invention of the movable type helped start a revolution. With the movable type they could mass produce books which helped lead to the education of more people and the incoming wave of literacy. He helped shape the world as it is today with his idea.

The Telescope

The telescope is one of the most important inventions of the Renaissance. Its invention started a wave of discovery with people seeing more about their universe and learning about how the world works. Its initial invention is credited to three Dutch spectacle makers by the names of Hans Lippershey, Zacharias Janssen, and Jacob Metius. When an astromnomer by the name of Galileo Galilei saw their telescope he made his own model, greatly improving it.


Another important invention is glasses. The inventor of glasses is unknown. People were using glass spheres to help them read since the 1st century but the use of glasses to wear is thought to have originated in Italy around 1285. They were thought to have been made by monks or glass-blowers.

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