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Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, England
+44 1223 330906
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interesting mechanical clocks and instruments, a view over the progress of science through the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sangano, Italy
Interesting but information could be better

I viewed this museum directly after being in the Fitzwilliam Museum and I'm sorry to say that the... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2017
Edmund R
St Andrews, United Kingdom
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Founded as a University Museum in 1944, this diverse collection covers all branches of science and features a comprehensive collection of scientific instruments that were used from the 16th century to the present.
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  • Very good43%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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+44 1223 330906
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Reviewed 1 week ago

interesting mechanical clocks and instruments, a view over the progress of science through the years. I find these old instruments fascinating, thinking of all the ingenuity and knowledge of the subject matter involved.

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Reviewed 16 May 2017

I viewed this museum directly after being in the Fitzwilliam Museum and I'm sorry to say that the quality of the information in the Whipple Museum is markedly poorer. This said, it is still a very interesting museum. I didn't see it at its best...More

Thank Edmund R
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Admittedly, the Whipple might be a little geeky for those not particularly interested in scientific instruments. Personally, I rather loved it. Lots of Victorian brass instruments, microscopes, telescopes, astrolabes. I had never seen an electron microscope up close or so many globes until I visited...More

Thank DordogneAnglais
Reviewed 21 February 2017

A nice collection and well presented. I prefer the museum in Oxford, but this is a contender. If you are interested in Cambridge science, take one of the walking tours focusing on historic locations.

Thank mt499
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Free to enter interesting collection of scientific instruments and models invented over several centuries, from telescopes to calculators to solar system models. Lots of drawers full of further samples, very interesting and educational.

Thank House-n-wheels
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Lovely, quaint museum with all kinds of history of science treasures. Plenty of telescopes. Horses' dentures. You name it. Some things could do with more informative labelling.

Thank Danny550
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Having only lived in he Cambridge area for 30 years (!) I couldnt believe no-one had told me about this gem of a museum before! Although its far from the biggest museum its packed with fascinating displays and objects, I could have spent all day...More

Thank Alex H
Reviewed 6 January 2017

This is a small, free-to-visit, family friendly museum on Free School Lane in Cambridge. It contains thousands of scientific instruments and models, built on the collection donated to Cambridge University by R.S. Whipple over 50 years ago and added to, with intelligence and selectivity, up...More

Thank DannyMcC_13
Reviewed 30 November 2016

An excellent free museum - an amazing collection of scientific equipment and models Fascinating - Needs more space and more interactive exhibits - Plus ? some films to elaborate on some of the topics Well worth a visit.

Thank Albia-Newton
Reviewed 24 November 2016

The Whipple Museum is I suggest a must visit especially for those with children. I had been invited to visit on various occasions by a former academic, I wish I had taken the opportunity. I defy anyone with the slightest interest in science to leave...More

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