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Short Introduction

The Kingston Muybridge bequest is one of the largest collections of Muybridge material in the world and holds great historical significance. A native of Kingston upon Thames, Muybridge bequeathed his moving image equipment, lecture slides and other material to Kingston Museum. This bequest included Muybridge’s original Zoopraxiscope machine and 68 zoopraxiscope discs, of which 71 remain in the world. Muybridge’s biunial lantern with which he gave lectures in conjunction with the Zoopraxiscope, also resides within the collection, as do two near identical albums of prints entitled ‘Attitudes of Animals in Motion’. Also included in the bequest was a complete 13 panel panorama of San Francisco, thousands of images on glass (Muybridge’s lantern slides) and many collotype prints from Animal Locomotion. Another highlight of this bequest is Muybridge’s own scrapbook, in which he documents his career through contemporary newspapers cuttings and articles.
Since Muybridge’s initial bequest, the museum has continued to collect Muybridge material, and is now in possession of many other artifacts besides those of the bequest; such as the research notes of Dr. Robert Bartlett Haas, a Muybridge Biographer and author of the seminal 1976 publication ‘Muybridge: Man in Motion’.

Past Exhibitions

Publications: Herbert, Stephen et al. ed. Eadweard Muybridge : the Kingston Museum Bequest (Hastings, East Sussex : Projection Box, c2004.)Exhibitions: Special Viewing of original Muybridge photographs, Kingston Museum (UK), 2004.  Leaflet:
Eadweard Muybridge, printed c.1990, advertising the long-term exhibition set up in Kingston Museum (Surrey) in 1984.

Rights & Reproduction Information

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Online Presence

Muybridge Information page

Information on the permanent exhibition

Collection Items:

Photographic Material

Prints: 550

Images on Glass: 2534


Newspaper Cuttings: Various

Magazines: Various

Booklets: Various

Leaflets: Various

Other: Various

Articles: Various

Books concerning Muybridge: Various

Books by Muybridge: Various


Other: Various

Zoopraxiscope fans: Various

Zoopraxiscope discs: 68

Zoopraxiscope Machine: 1

Photographic Equipment

Carrying Cases: Various

Other: Various

Other technical equipment: Various

Projection Equipment

Lantern slide projectors: Various

Lenses: Various

Notes/measurement tables etc: Various

Other: Various

Exhibition Material

Prospectus: Various

Catalogues: Various

Leaflets: Various

Press Releases: Various

Posters: Various

Photographs of Exhibitions: Various

Unpublished paper & documents

Other: Various

Letters: Various

Correspondence: Various

Research notes: Various


Other: Various

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Kingston Museum, Fairfield Road
Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2PS

Local History Room, Room 46, North Kingston Centre
Richmond Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 5PE, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 020 8547 6738



Lead Contact:
Emma Rummins - Curator(

Open Hours:
Kingston Museum: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10 – 5pm Thursday 10 – 7pm Closed Monday, Wednesday and Sunday

Local History Room: Monday, Thursday, Friday, 10.00am to 1.00pm; 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 9.00pm (term time*) and 2.00pm to 7.00pm at other times
Closed on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Term Dates: Autumn: 21 September to 12 December 2009
Spring: 11 January to 27 March 2010
Summer: 26 April to 10 July 2010

Accessibility of Muybridge Collections to Public:
Public access to archives by contacting staff at the Local History Room and the Curator. Limited research service for those unable to attend. £10 for half an hour and £20 for an hour inclusive of vat, postage and up to 10 photocopies. Requests can be sent in writing with £10 and the ammount of hours one is willing to pay for. Email enquiries maybe sent to the Curator.