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Museum of the History of Science

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Address: Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
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+44 1865 277280
12:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 17:00

This museum boasts an unrivalled collection of more than 10,000 scientific...

This museum boasts an unrivalled collection of more than 10,000 scientific instruments ranging from the time of antiquity to the early twentieth century.

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An unusual small museum

The Museum of the History of Science is one of the galleries and museums that make Oxford a good place to visit rain or shine

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful building. lovely museum for people interested in old scientific instruments however my children ages 8 and 11yrs struggled a bit with understanding the complexity of these items. A small museum so doesn't take to long to see it all. Still worth a visit and younger kids can enjoy the activity sheets available at the entrance to make the experience... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum of the History of Science is one of the galleries and museums that make Oxford a good place to visit rain or shine

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of Oxford's lesser known attractions but is well worth a visit. I felt it is more of a museum of Scientific instruments than a Science museum. There is a fine collection of astrolabes, microscopes, sun dials, etc. It is quite an old fashioned museum with most exhibits in glass cases. It is free to enter and there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the smaller science museums but one that rewards with exceedingly rare and ingenious instruments. Well presented and fortunately not revamped but also interesting as an old building.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some very interesting science artifacts collected over centuries of Oxford history. Free entry but donations gratefully received

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place has some interesting items from many walks of science. We particularly liked the exhibition "Back from the dead" a special exhibition on antibiotics, well worth visiting.

Thank Charles K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I absolutely loved this museum,probably the best science museum that I've gone to. The Penicillin exhibit was definitely the highlight for me. I learned so much. They have so many relics and the information provided was relevant and helpful. The actual copy of the black board the Einstein used was another amazing highlight as well.

Thank Indyasia J
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently I visited this museum, great displays about the early inventions of scientific articles absolutely worth a visit. Einsteins blackboard a fascinating display!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Entry is free with optional donation. Heaven for anyone with an interest in history or gadgets, with so many amazing historical artefacts life astrolabes, clocks, compasses, globes, microscopes. Small and compact so you can see a lot in a short period of time.

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Retford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately the upper part of the museum was closed due to staff shortages. The ground floor and basement areas were very interesting though. Einsteinium chalkboard was interesting to see in the basement.

Thank Andre B

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