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Museum of the History of Science

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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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Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
+44 1865 277293
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All reviews scientific instruments three floors black board on display worth a visit free entry interesting collection interesting items sheldonian theatre broad street blackboard equipment einstein astrolabes microscope penicillin globes
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Reviewed yesterday

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.

Thank Frequent T
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Anne H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Rather small museum with a lot of old instuments in it, particularly those having to do with astronomy. You can connect to the free audioguide with your smartphone and get the details on selected items in the collection.

Thank EriannaM2011
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well this is an interesting museum with lots (perhaps too many given the small size of the museum) of interesting equipment used by important figures in the history science - it would repay careful study by someone interested in this topic. To others it is...More

Thank ECWorld
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

We came to view Einsteins Blackboard & disappointingly the gallery was closed for a private event....nigh on a 3rd of the museum, given it was the whole of the bottom floor. There are some other interesting pieces however to make the main attraction unavailable is...More

Thank ClareR1049
Reviewed 13 September 2018

The museum is great for seeing a lot of the history of science objects. Highlight is probably the blackboard used by Einstein in 1930s when he gave some lectures on the expanding Universe which is in the basement. Upstairs is a great history of timepieces....More

Thank Tony B
Reviewed 9 September 2018

This was a very beautiful museum. The displays were respectful to other cultures, and the historical explanations were great. It's an astrologer's dream.

Thank anamikatravel
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

I’ve past this corner of the main Bodlean Library complex many times without before having ventured in. The building is itself of interest being the original site of the Ashmolean Museum. Following a climb up to the entrance the ubiquitous gift shop is to the...More

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