The Museum of Seismology and Earth Magnetism

  • The Museum of Seismology and Earth Magnetism

    The Museum of Seismology and Earth Magnetism is housed in a building belonging to the Louis Pasteur University opened in 1900, and originally intended to be used as a central seismological station in Kaiser Wilhelm II’s German empire. Operational up until the 1970s, it was gradually replaced by more modern instruments based out in the Vosges hills.

    The museum includes two separate collections of instruments: antique seismometers from the station and a series of devices used for measuring the earth’s magnetic field.

    • Science and technology
    Type of place
    • Museum and planetarium
    • During the schoolyear: 2 pm - 6 pm Wednesdays and Saturdays. By appointment for groups (20 people) throughout the year. Guided tours.

    To be found in the gallery

  • Location

  • Picture gallery

    Exploring the science of earthquakes and terrestrial magnetism. The Museum of Seismology was set up in 1900 in one of the buildings of the Strasbourg University complex constructed by the Germans. It was designed as a seismograph station when Alsace was occupied after the Franco-Prussian war (1870-71). The collection includes 18 instruments showing the evolution of seismometers from the early 19th century to the 1950's and a collection of instruments to measure the earth's magnetic field, the largest collection of such instruments gathered in one place.

The Museum of Seismology and Earth Magnetism
7-9 rue de l'Université
67000 Strasbourg
03 90 24 01 27 [email protected] See website


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