St.Peter Museum of History and Art

Featuring inventions from the Renaissance

The St. Peter Museum of History and Art allows visitors to take a step back in time. The Renaissance was a time of creativity that sparked new ideas. When these ideas were acted upon, many great inventions came to life. Our Renaissance exhibit will feature some of the most well know inventors and inventions of its time.

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Microscope-Zacharias Janssen

A major contribution was made to the science world when Zacharias Janssen and his father invented the first microscope. The microscope allowed humans see living things not visible to the naked eye. His microscope was made of two convex lenses that bent the light. Thus, greatly enlarging the image. Janssen's idea was the basis for modern microscopes used today.

Submarine-Cornelius van Drebble

In 1620 Cornelius van Drebble invented the submarine. Even though Leonardo da Vinci had sketched this concept hundreds of years prior, Drebble was the first to build a submarine. He was a dutch engineer and inventor who was employed by the british navy. The row boat was covered with leather. It then had oars that protruded out of the watertight seals. The craft was able to submerge to depth of 12-15 feet for a few hours.

Printing Press- Johannes Gutenburg

The printing press was invented around 1440 by a German named Johannes Gutenburg. The printing press is one of the most well known and important inventions from the Renaissance. Ink was rolled over the raised surfaces of the movable hand-set block letters held within a wooden form. The form was then pressed against the paper. The printing press allowed information to spread quickly to many people.
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Telescope-Hans Lipperhey

Hans Lipperhey was a German spectacle maker. On September 25, 1608 he filed a patent for the telescope. He combined lenses to magnify objects. Lipperhey eventually constructed a set of binocular telescopes for the Netherlands government. Telescopes greatly helped helped astronomers, such as Galileo, make important discoveries.
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