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Groningen University Museum

Preserving the research tools, unexpected inventions, and odd collections of generations of college professors. 


The Groningen University Museum is dedicated to preserving the stories behind the research conducted at the four-century-old institution. It is home to a diverse array of natural, scientific, and cultural artifacts, from historical medical devices (including silver blood-letting blades and the earliest x-ray tubes) to a lump of iron once thought to be a holy relic that had fallen from the sky over Siberia (now identified as a meteorite) to the world’s first electric vehicle, built in 1835.

The museum gives special attention to the university’s collection of bones and organs, including several tattoos preserved in jars. There is also a room honoring Aletta Jacobs, the first woman to graduate from college in the Netherlands, in the 1870s. Jacobs went on to become a doctor and women’s rights advocate.

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