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History of Science Museum

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Discover. Connect. Inspire. See Islamic instruments from the Middle Ages, Einstein's blackboard and the first cultures of the life-saving antibiotic Penicillin under one roof.
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All reviews scientific instruments three floors black board on display worth a visit interesting collection free entry interesting items blackboard equipment einstein astrolabes microscope penicillin globes chemistry apparatus
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent guide. A lift on the exterior of the building serves lower ground floor only. No lift to upper floor

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Margaret N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the original location of the Ashmolean and reported to be the first building in the world built as a museum. It has some interesting old scientific instruments, including microscopes, pocket sundials, and astrolabes,

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank K4848RPmike
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I was lucky to arrive just as a tour was starting which gave me a better appreciation of what I was seeing; worth a visit

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank quiller003
Reviewed 7 November 2018

My husband is a scientist, so we "had" to visit this museum, and I have to admit that I was impressed. The focus of the exhibits was on measurement, and the artifacts are well labeled and impressive. I think that children would be bored, but...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank maryfort c
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

This museum is solely for the the history of scientific equipment. If you are interested in science and what equipment you need or needed to carry out scientific experiments; this is the place for you. In the basement there is a demonstration of how static...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DavidTWinfield
Robyn H, Public Engagement Officer at History of Science Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to review the Museum, I am glad you enjoyed your visit (and our staircase!). We are working to make our collections engaging for all visitors, not only those who are interested in scientific instruments. Feedback is a vital...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018

There are mainly various instruments on display, but quite a few interesting ones. Probably more so if you are more interested in astronomy than I am!More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sitta
Robyn H, Public Engagement Officer at History of Science Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Hi Sitta, Thank you for taking the time to review the Museum, I am glad you found some of our instruments interesting. We are working to make our collections exciting for everyone, and feedback is a vital part of this. I would love to be...More

Reviewed 23 October 2018

It doesn't take long for a visit to this museum,and gets very cramped at times.Allow about 1 hour here and donations of £5 are recommended.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Frequent T
Reviewed 17 October 2018

An interesting museum showing the many historical instruments of science and maths, particularly astronomy and medicine. and its free!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mike S
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Fantastic place, loved it, full of old microscopes, gyro-spheres, tools and equipment. While i can imagine it is an amazing place for those who work in the field of -or- have an obsession with such stuff. The place is cramp and the information pertaining to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Robyn H, Public Engagement Officer at History of Science Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Hi, Thank you so much for reviewing the Museum, and for your kind words about our staff - I shall pass it onto them. We are working to make our labels clearer and more informative. Hopefully you can come back and see our new display...More

Reviewed 23 September 2018

If you're interested in astrolabes, diptych gnomons and old microscopes, this is the place for you! Also the friendliest museum guides we came across in Oxford, who obviously love the collection. It's not really a history of science; its s collection of collections of scientific...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Anne H
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