A Brief History of the Machines
The Exhibition, drawn up by the Istanbul Jazari Museum, sets the visitors out on a journey through the history of mechanics and robotics; from the first wheel to the steam-engine. Although, Al-Jazari is the main focus of the Exhibition, it also presents both, pre-Jazari and post-Jazari machines from different civilisations; ancient Chinese, Greek, Egyptian, and early modern European.
Interacting with History
In this Exhibition, visitors have the chance to encounter reconstructions of machines originally made hundreds of years ago. As the exhibits are mostly closed systems, their internal mechanisms are also displayed, together with open mechanisms, on-screen presentations and digital projections to help the visitors understand working principles of these devices. Furthermore, the Exhibition presents more than 15 wall displays reflecting the historical conditions of the periods when the machines were originally used. In addition, there are models produced according to their original shape, material and other features. Apart from the above-mentioned, there are simple machines to give school children a hands-on grasp of the basic foundations of science.
Education and Inspiration
The exhibits displayed have an instructive and educative function, as well as an interactive and entertaining one. Accordingly, all the machines are placed and presented in a way that complements this creative aim.