About us

In 1987 Jan Lindeman (pathologist, † 2014) founded the Historical Microscopy Foundation. The objective of the foundation is to collect, describe and preserve light microscopical and related techniques for medical and biological examination.

At this moment the foundation owns more than 150 microscopes. The collection exposes the mechanical and optical development of the microscope from the late seventeenth century till the end of the twentieth century. Two of the top items of the collection are the English Marshall microscope and the Dutch microscope of the Van Musschenbroek family from Leiden, the Netherlands. Various English, French and German nineteenth century microscopes are included in the collection. The twentieth century is represented by microscopes made by the German companies Zeiss and Leitz.


Make a donation

The foundation is financially dependent on subsidies, gifts and legacies. Should you be willing to donate a financial gift, a microscope or a scientific instrument, please do not hesitate to contact the board.