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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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

For anyone interested in science and it’s history, the collection will be fascinating. There’s a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with space to relax, think and be. However, there is no getting over the fact that the museum is desperately in need of refurbishment. Once that happens,...More

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Robyn H, Public Engagement Officer at Museum of the History of Science, responded to this reviewResponded today

I am very glad you enjoyed your visit and the Museum's atmosphere, we hope that everyone is able to relax and enjoy the collections in a way that suits them. We agree that our galleries need refreshing and are working towards this. Recently we have...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself and a close friend visited the Museum of Science the first week in August as a first visit to Oxford. The museum was one of the first we approached, and it looked very beautiful and we were very excited about what we might discover....More

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Robyn H, Public Engagement Officer at Museum of the History of Science, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi, Thank you for getting in touch with us and taking the time to write a review. I am sorry that we did not meet the high standards of visitor care we aim for during your visit. The way you were spoken to by the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Although small, this museum has free entry and some unique exhibits. The highlight for me is a blackboard used by Einstein himself to deliver a lecture! As a tip, in extreme heat the top gallery is closed from 1:30 to 3pm, so avoid visiting at...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Some of the exhibits are marvelous. I particularly like the story of Ada |Lovelace, Byron's daughter, which was fascinating. However the place was dark, dismal and badly lit. The stairs down to the lower floor were poorly lit and difficult for my wife who has...More

Thank papaglowing2
Reviewed 1 week ago

And this place is a little more "collection" than "museum". Case upon case of historical scientific instruments, in particular, those relating to navigation, astronomy, measurement, computation and chemistry. Worth the detour if you have an interest in science. As a scientist, the collection held my...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place, with a lot of ancient astrolabs, but not only. A lot of insightful explanations about discoveries in different fields, astronomy, medicine, electricity and telecommunications, etc.

Thank markM6391LL
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the museum and was amazed at the variety of exhibits, especially the butterfly and birds collection.

Thank Shila S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is sited in an old building (wide, creaky stairs and no air conditioning). There is much to interest anyone with a scientific bent, and even those without one will be impressed by the blackboard which Einstein wrote on when he gave lectures there.

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

No entrance fee and the exhibits go through three floors. You can see the early microscopes and how they developed through the ages. From the most basic instrument right through to the more sophisticated models, (which by today's standards would be basic). See the artificial...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

It was a very beautiful museum which had a lot of old microscopes and telescopes. The were also old clocks their.

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