Nikon’s Museum of Microscopy

Nikon has been producing microscopes for almost a century, starting with a simple brass compound monocular brass microscope in the early 1900s. Today, Nikon microscopes are among the best in the World and are found in research laboratories in almost every country. The Nikon Museum of Microscopy features many of the older microscopes introduced from the 1960s to the end of the twentieth century, as well as several important accessories that have been used for both teaching and research.


Nikon's First Microscope

A brass, compound monocular microscope made in the early 1900s.


Model H Microscope

A unique laboratory diagnostic instrument that resembles a common camera.

Model SM-5 Stereoscopic Microscope

Workhorse binocular stereomicroscope with widefield high-eyepoint eyepieces.

SMZ Steromicroscope

Nikon's first in a very successful line of stereomicroscopes. Featured excellent optics, long zoom capabilities and low signal-to-noise ratios.

Nikon Apophot Table Microscope

The first attempt by Nikon to create a large stand research instrument.

Model S Microscope

Binocular microscope with a mechanical stage introduced in the late 1960s.

Model S Epi-Illuminator

Accessory designed to convert a transmitted upright microscope for reflected observation.

Model S-Ke Microscope

The first Nikon microscope equipped for Köhler illumination.


Model M Inverted Microscope

Early inverted microscope designed for metallurgical and biological investigations.

Halogen Lamp Illuminator (Model S-Ke)

Accessory halogen illuminator for the Model S and L microscopes.

Interference-Phase Microscope Accessory

The interference accessory measures phase and refractive index differences.

Microflex Model PFM Camera Accessory

35-millimeter camera system introduced in the 1970s for photomicrography.

Model G Microscope

A monocular microscope with three objectives and an Abbe condenser.

Model MS Inverted Microscope

An inverted model designed as a sister instrument to the upright M model microscope.

Model S-Po Microscope

A polarized monocular microscope with a circular rotatable stage.

Model GH Microscope

An advanced version of the Model G with a mechanical stage.

Stereoscopic Microscope Model SM-6

Successor to the SM-5, this advanced version features gliding stage accessories.

Slit Lamp CS-1 Microscope

An ophthalmological tool introduced in the mid-1970s for eye examinations.


Upright microscope utilizing Nikon's CF optical system. 


Labophot Entry-Level Research Microscope

A versatile binocular microscope with five objectives and Köhler illumination.

Diaphot TMD Inverted Microscope

Update to Nikon's classic inverted Bioscience microscope, the Diaphot MD

Multiphot Large-Format Photomacrography Microscope

Designed for photomacrography, the Multiphot could handle up to 4 x 5-inch film sheets.


Nikon's first student/classroom microscope featuring CF optics.

Microphot-FX Research Microscope

High-performance predecessor to the Eclipse series microscopes.

Diaphot Inverted Tissue Culture Microscope

Workhorse tissue culture microscope featuring an advanced optical design for the shortest, most efficient light path.

Nikon TMS Inverted Microscope

A simple and popular inverted microscope for tissue culture applications.

Optiphot-88 IC Inspection Microscope

A replacement for the Optiphot-66 able to handle 8-inch silicon wafers.

Model SMZ-2T Stereomicroscope

A trinocular stereoscope designed for photomicrography and digital imaging.


Eclipse E600

Research-level microscope with infinity-corrected optics and numerous accessories.

SMZ-U Stereoscopic Zoom Microscope

One of Nikon's most popular stereoscopes equipped for photomicrography.

XD-20 Large Substrate Microscope

An early wafer inspection microscope for the semiconductor industry.

Eclipse E600POL

Polarized light version of the popular E600, including a 360-degree rotating stage.

Diaphot 200/300 Inverted Microscope

A new generation of a classic workhorse.

Eclipse E800

A high-performance bridge between the low and high end Eclipse microscopes.

Eclipse TE300 Inverted Microscope

The first major upgrade of the Diaphot inverted research microscope.

Eclipse E400

Nikon's mid-level workhorse research instrument developed in the late 1990s.

Eclipse E1000

Nikon's most advanced research-level automatic microscope of the late 1990s.

Eclipse PhysioStation

Based on the E600, this model was designed for patch clamp electrophysiology.

Model SMZ-800 Stereomicroscope

Modern binocular stereomicroscope with a common main objective.

Eclipse E200

Late 1990s student binocular microscope still in widespread use.

Eclipse TS100

Next generation inverted microscope designed to incorporate Nikon's new infinity optical system


Model SMZ1500 Stereomicroscope

This microscope represents Nikon's entry into twenty-first century stereomicroscopy.

Eclipse TE2000 Inverted Microscope

Nikon's flagship inverted microscope system for the new millenium.

C1 Series Confocal

Nikon’s successful and long running line of confocal microscopes that helped bring confocal microscopy to countless labs worldwide.

Eclipse 50/55i

An important milestone in the evolution of Nikon’s clinical line of microscopes.

Eclipse 80i

Upright microscope for the digital era.

Eclipse 90i

Nikon's flagship upright research microscope for the digital era.


SMZ25 Stereomicroscope

Nikon's most advanced stereomicroscope.

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Nikon’s Museum of Microscopy