Fulton's Orrery

West Court Redisplay - Life Gallery closing Sunday 4 October

As part of a major redisplay of the Life Gallery in the West Court, Fulton's Orrery will be temporarily off display, after Sunday 4 October. The Life Gallery will be closed until Spring 2016 and during this time the Orrery will undergo conservation checks and maintenance.

The Orrery is expected to be back on display in Spring 2016.

For more information on the redisplay of the Life Gallery, click here.


Fulton’s Orrery is a 3-dimensional model of our solar system, showing the positions and movements of the Sun, planets and moons, as they were understood in the 1820s. 

One of the largest and most complicated orreries in the world, it is even more remarkable because it was made by self-taught John Fulton as a young man. Born in Ayrshire in 1800, Fulton began to make orreries when he was a teenager. His imagination and dedication to his work resulted in him becoming one of the greats of the Scottish Enlightenment.​​
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