After a six-year pause, one of the world’s oldest scientific history collections is reopening in new splendour: the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments in the Dresden Zwinger Palace. The “Cabinet of Knowledge” established by Augustus the Strong in 1728 is one of the most eminent museums dedicated to scientific instruments and timekeeping devices. The astronomers and clockmakers who worked here laid the foundation for precision watchmaking in Saxony in the late 18th century. Today, Lange’s master watchmakers are the legitimate heirs of this rich heritage.
As a long-standing partner of the Dresden State Art Collections, A. Lange & Söhne supported the refurbishment of the museum. After extensive renovation work, it is reopening to the public on 14 April 2013. The fundamentally redesigned concept of the permanent exhibition now includes the history of precision watchmaking in Saxony as well: the timeline unfolds from the early days at the Dresden Zwinger and the establishment of the first horological workshop by Ferdinand A. Lange in Glashütte to present-day Saxon high-end watchmaking with its most prominent representative – A. Lange & Söhne.