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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
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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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Interesting visit

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Andre B
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Retford, United Kingdom
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago 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.

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Thank Andre B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice Middle Ages Museum. Filled with local area stuff. Not as interesting as the Pitt River or Natural History Museums, but another stop in Oxford if you have the time.

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

A great little museum, housed in splendid old building in the heart of Oxford. Free admission, but obviously they are grateful for donations. We came for the exhibition 'Back from the Dead - Demystifying Antibiotics.' On the way to the basement where the exhibition was housed, we passed a host of amazing scientific instruments which we will definitely revisit when... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have lived in oxford for many years and never been in this museum. It was very interesting. Especially if your into science (medicines) and machine like clocks. The stairs are hard going and creak. We spend around 30 mins looking at the old history.

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

This museum has also free admission. It is a small museum but definitely a worth to visit. There are fascinating displays here for example the blackboard with notes by Einstein in his lecture in Oxford university in 1931. The displays also include some interesting early equipment for anaesthesia. In the ground floor there is an expo about Dorothy Hodking -... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

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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Robyn H, Public Relations Manager at Museum of the History of Science, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of the Museum, we are glad you enjoyed your visit. Please note that the Museum is currently open 6 afternoons a week rather than 4 (Tuesday - Sunday, 12-5pm), which gives you two more days to visit us in! Robyn Haggard Public Engagement Officer More 

Loughborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

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 16 November 2016

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 15 November 2016 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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