The Utrecht Observatory Museum “Sterrenwacht Sonnenborgh” (Netherlands) shows an exhibition titled “Venus achterna: Sterrenkundigen op expeditie in 1874” till 5 September 2004. The exhibition is dedicated to the Dutch Transit of Venus expedition of 1874 and documents the expedition from its beginnings to the final decision not to set up another expedition in 1882. The Dutch expedition of 1874 went to the Island of Reunion (Indian Ocean). The exhibition displays the instruments used (from the collections of the University Museum Utrecht, the Museum Boerhaave, and the Teylers Museum) as well as documents and records from various Dutch archives.

The Museum “Sterrenwacht Sonnenborgh” is associated with the Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht and currently undergoes refurbishment. Besides the special exhibition on the Transit of Venus it shows a permanent new exhibition on meridian astronomy in Utrecht and from later this year two exhibitions on meteorology (Buys-Ballot) and solar physics (Minnaert). For June 1st, 2004 a symposium on the Transit of Venus is planned and on July 8 a Transit of Venus party will take place, with the possibility of observing the transit (weather permitting).

The Museum Sonnenborgh is open from Tuesday till Friday from 11 am till 5 pm and on Sundays from 1 pm till 4 pm. Guided tours and observing nights can be booked in advance.

Address: Museum Sterrenwacht Sonnenborgh Zonnenburg 2 3512 NL Utrecht Netherlands Tel.: 030-2302818 (Mon – Fri 9:30 am – 4 pm) Fax: 030-2334992 E-mail: [email protected]

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