Seismograph Museum

See our collection of old and new earthquake monitoring instruments.

The museum site was the swimming pool of Thomas Lamont family. The pool was converted into seismographic station, then to the museum that houses original 250-pound three-component short-period Benioff seismometers, and other seismic instrument developed at Lamont-Doherty: including Press-Ewing long-period seismometers, microbarograph that measures fluctuation of pressure waves (infrasound & microbarom), Wood-Anderson torsion seismometer that Richter used to develop magnitude scale in 1935 in California, the first lunar seismograms from Apollo 11 space mission, and many more.  It shows early development of instrument for earthquake seismology and Lamont-Doherty's contribution.

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