The Model Chamber
In 1793, a model chamber was constructed on the third floor of the museum. In addition to models of houses, bridges and locks, the chamber contained a considerable number of mock-up mines and machines from the fields of mining, hydrology and architecture. These model mines have also been used for teaching, most notably by Johann Beckmann (1739–1811) in his lectures on mining in the Harz Mountains. By virtue of its relative proximity to the Upper Harz Mountains, one of the most important mountain ranges of the 18th century, Göttingen was to become a centre for research in the mining sciences. Today, few exhibits from the former model chamber still exist. After belonging to the inventory of the municipal museum (Städtisches Museum) for many years, Göttingen University recently resumed possession of them.