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Museum of the History of Science

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
+44 1865 277280
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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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  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
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"scientific instruments"
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"black board"
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"worth a visit"
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"three floors"
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"on display"
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"interesting collection"
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"free entry"
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"interesting items"
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"special exhibition"
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"sheldonian theatre"
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"broad street"
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"beautiful building"
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"einstein"
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Reviewed yesterday

Parts almost all of British manufacture. Little representation of instruments from other countries. It would benefit greatly from greater descriptions of the instruments, and their hierarchy in the history and importance they had ..

Thank fmeloparente
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is amazing; lots of old historical technology advancements and stages. Many different rooms for different types of items like compasses, drafting tables, beakers, etc. Awesome place, also has Einstein’s blackboard! Definitely worth going in and spending at least an hour to see the...More

Thank joshreimann
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is an extraordinary display of scientific instruments in this museum ranging from the magnificent antique to the twentieth century. I believe that there over 10,000 items in this absorbing museum. Really worth a look in.

Thank rayrest
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The first time that I visited this museum, I was truly surprised to find that it made me think about ideas that I took for granted. For instance, the idea of time measurement has had an extraordinarily complicated history and it's all documented here. There...More

Thank Gina S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great visit, we joined the free tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and obviously enjoyed showing people the museum.

Thank Liz C
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

I enjoyed looking around this museum. There are some interesting things to look at in there. I found the finds from when they did some work in the building very interesting. There is a lot of things in some of the cabinets, so plenty to...More

Thank gecko77
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

This museum is tiny, but with some really interesting items. We had but a little time so we went in just to see a famous piece of blackboard that Einstein used during his lecture in Oxford. It was never wiped clean, but framed and protected...More

Thank Eric_Greeney
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Lovely little museum for those interested in science and its history, particularly physics and navigation. The collection can be a little repetitive (huge amount of astrolabes), but some of the old craftmanship is very intricate and given that there is no entry fee it's worth...More

Thank dcnewstead
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Pros: Free Einstein blackboard Historic exhibits Kids trial sheets Cons: On the small side Some exhibits not where advertised on the trail My wife and I brought her parents, nieces and a nephew here for 45 minutes while her sister and brother in law enjoyed...More

Thank Amy_and_Jami
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

A very well appointed museum with a wide range of artifacts and oddities well worth viewing. The entry fee is free, and all they encourage is a small donation to assist with the upkeep. Unfortunately, because of the age of the building, movement from floor...More

Thank Meladee S
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