The Physics Collection of the Institute of Physics comprises about 50 objects. Among them, historical objects bear witness to the rapid development of equipment technology and changing physical objectives. Teaching aids offer clear depictions of physical phenomena from mechanics to quantum mechanics and particle physics and were designed and constructed within the institute itself.
Historical objects, some from the early 20th century, were saved from disposal, new objects have been developed since the 1990s, and new ones are added regularly.
The objects are used in lectures and for theses, and for public events, such as the Science Market, that are intended to increase interest in physics. Some objects as well as other experiments from the Lecture Collection have already been made available for various television programs.
Over a longer period of time, the Institute of Physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) designed and constructed teaching aids that vividly illustrate physical phenomena ranging from mechanics to quantum mechanics and particle physics. The objects were presented at the Science Market, at the Night of the Sciences, at events as part of "Mainz – City of Science 2011" and on many other occasions. Some objects require scientific supervision, others are self-explanatory exhibits.