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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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  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
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"scientific instruments"
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"black board"
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"three floors"
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"worth a visit"
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"on display"
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"free entry"
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"interesting collection"
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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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Well worth spending a couple of hours here, with or without an interest in science. We found the basement area particularly interesting, make sure you see Einstein's blackboard.!

Thank matthewsgrandad
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Free to enter which is rare in Oxford. Great collection of globes and navigational equipment and scientific instruments

Thank weekendescapes906
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You’ve probably never heard of this museum before, and although it’s not big and grand like the Ashmolean or insanely eccentric like the Pitt Rivers, it’s still a great little museum! Best collection of scientific instruments I’ve seen only after the Galileo Museum in Florence....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the museum just as a couple not a tour. It is the most fascinating collection of scientific instruments I have ever seen. Our ancestors were so inventive and brave to build ships and set forth to sail across the oceans with such basic...More

1  Thank walkon161
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting. The tour was very good (done on Tuesdays & Saturdays) and highlighted several items in the collection - excellent voluntary tour guide. It lasted about 35 minutes so you were not overwhelmed with information but then you could revisit any areas where you...More

Thank Kathy T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having only the day in Oxford meant we couldn't dwell too long at various sights in Oxford, but we happened upon this museum. Full of interesting scientific equipment and donations welcomed. They do offer guided tours, but we popped in late in the afternoon and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recommended by our Footprints tour guide and so glad we didn’t miss it. On 3 floors and such an interesting collection of Diptychs, astrolabes and orrery....amongst lots of other scientific/mathematical objects....including Einstein’s blackboard. The staff are really friendly and helpful .....the guided tour would be...More

Thank Dscoggs1
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum was sort of a disappointment for me. While the concept sounds awesome, I was disappointed to end up in a place with random yet beautiful tools that used to be use in medicine and astronomy mostly but with zero explanations about their use...More

Thank Laure C
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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

We happened to stumble across this museum while walking through Oxford. We were thrilled as my son is currently learning about the history of science. Three floors dedicated to some amazing historical scientific artifacts, such as a blackboard still showing Einstein's calculations from a lecture....More

Thank Ayse I
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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Lovely staff and free entry, worth a visit - especially if you’re interested in Science/Mathematics. Probably takes an hour or so to go around.

Thank BertyBerry2016
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