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The Kunstkammer in Dresden’s Royal Palace houses a fascinating variety of collected objects from the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. It owes its unique collection of plain and ornate tools, for example, to the founder of the Kunstkammer, Elector August (1526–1586). They range from gardening equipment to goldsmithing, carpentry and ironworking tools and even to so-called Brechzeugen (tools for prising or breaking things open). In addition, the museum guide presents elaborately decorated art-room cabinets, two richly embellished Augsburg cabinets, tables inlaid with iridescent mother-of-pearl, precious board games, and musical instruments alongside filigree woodturned pieces, items of decorative art, and objects from distant cultures.
In 1728, Augustus II the Strong erected the "Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments" in the Royal Palace at the Zwinger in Dresden as an independent museum that collected tools and scientific instruments for calculating the altitude of stars or the next solar eclipse, or for aligning cannons. Until today, the Salon houses numerous showpieces from the world-famous collection. It includes terrestrial and celestial globes, fascinating optical, astronomical, and geodesic devices, and historical aids for calculating, drawing, and measuring. The new museum guide takes readers and/or visitors through the large exhibition, which reopened in 2013, documents the sovereigns’ passion for collecting, and shows laypeople and specialists the foundations on which our world of today is based.