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Museum of the History of Science

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Address: Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 277280
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12:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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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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Great small exhibitions about science

This is quite a large museum dedicated to the history of science, showcasing scientific instruments, but not all built for the purpose of doing actual work with them. Quite a few... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Katrien S
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Ghent, Belgium
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The building, in Broad Street, was the original home of the Ashmolean Museum, but now houses a fascinating collection of scientific exhibits - probably the most famous is the blackboard, still bearing Einstein's writing from his visit to Oxford. In addition a host of beautifully crafted instruments, scientific glassware etc. Open only 4 afternoons a week (free entry) but worth... More 

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not a large attraction by any means, and can easily become crowded. However the exhibits are fascinating. Hundreds of years ago these instruments had to be invented they didn't have a manual! As an enthusiastic photographer, I found all the camera equipment on display fascinating. Also the navigating and calculating tools used so long ago. Well worth a... More 

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

Just opposite Blackwell`s Bookshop on Broad Street in Oxford, is the Museum of the History of Science. It is easy to miss. So look out for the Sculptures of Large Male heads on the pillars outside, and climb the stone steps. You enter the middle of three floors, with fascinating exhibits throughout, It truly presents a wide array of scientific... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There's nothing nicer then dipping into a bit of free history. It's a very cramped experience and personally I'd have loved a bit more information on some of the items, that said this is run by volunteers I believe, the building itself is beautiful, worth a visit but possibly won't be your highlight of your visit.

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is quite a large museum dedicated to the history of science, showcasing scientific instruments, but not all built for the purpose of doing actual work with them. Quite a few are artistic gems. Currently in the basement there is an exhibition about penicillin and the Oxford connection, which is very interesting. New is the small shop in the basement... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a free guided tour of this unusual museum which made it more interesting, as a few pieces were pointed out and explained. Some of the exhibits are a bit dry but if you're interested in old instruments, clocks, cameras etc it's the place for you. There was an interesting exhibition on penicillin in the basement. The building and... More 

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition about penicillin. Lots of information but well and imaginatively presented for the general public.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely follow the (free) guided tour if there's one when you're there (there are several per day). Wonderful collection of compasses, clocks, and Einstein's blackboard from a lecture he gave. Very kid friendly, with activities and things to find/collect.

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Araraquara, SP
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This is a nice museum with beautiful pieces of astronomy. Interesting for chemists and physicists. There is a blackboard in the upper floor with a small Albert Einstein's class when he came to oxford. Entrance free, but you can make a donation.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Entered the museum and instantly felt welcomed to just browse and nose around. The displays were arranged by instruments which emphasized the changes in technology over the years. This museum does not charge admission and is dependent on donations so please be generous if you can afford to be.

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