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Whipple Museum of the History of Science

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Address: Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, England
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+44 1223 330906
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12:30 - 16:30
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Founded as a University Museum in 1944, this diverse collection covers all...

Founded as a University Museum in 1944, this diverse collection covers all branches of science and features a comprehensive collection of scientific instruments that were used from the 16th century to the present.

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Eclectic collection

Free to enter interesting collection of scientific instruments and models invented over several centuries, from telescopes to calculators to solar system models. Lots of drawers... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Free to enter interesting collection of scientific instruments and models invented over several centuries, from telescopes to calculators to solar system models. Lots of drawers full of further samples, very interesting and educational.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely, quaint museum with all kinds of history of science treasures. Plenty of telescopes. Horses' dentures. You name it. Some things could do with more informative labelling.

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Thank Danny550
Cambridge
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Having only lived in he Cambridge area for 30 years (!) I couldnt believe no-one had told me about this gem of a museum before! Although its far from the biggest museum its packed with fascinating displays and objects, I could have spent all day looking around. We went child free but I think kids would be very interested too,... More 

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Thank Alex H
County Down, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

This is a small, free-to-visit, family friendly museum on Free School Lane in Cambridge. It contains thousands of scientific instruments and models, built on the collection donated to Cambridge University by R.S. Whipple over 50 years ago and added to, with intelligence and selectivity, up to the present. A mini gem, it has fascinating relics on every shelf – from... More 

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Thank DannyMcC_13
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

An excellent free museum - an amazing collection of scientific equipment and models Fascinating - Needs more space and more interactive exhibits - Plus ? some films to elaborate on some of the topics Well worth a visit.

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Thank Albia-Newton
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

The Whipple Museum is I suggest a must visit especially for those with children. I had been invited to visit on various occasions by a former academic, I wish I had taken the opportunity. I defy anyone with the slightest interest in science to leave the Whipple and not undertake further research. I shall return..

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Thank James H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

A relatively small museum but for anyone with interest in science and in particular the items used by scientists in the past, then this is brilliant. I'd happily have almost any exhibit on display in my home, some exquisite Astrolabes, telescopes etc. Must see but restricted hours (12.30pm to 4.30pm at time of writing)

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Thank Zaphod6x9
Soham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Despite having lived in the Cambridge area for over 45 years, I'd never previously visited the Whipple Museum - "Museum of Scientific Instruments" never sounded very exciting. How wrong can you be! As well as the telescopes, clocks etc that I'd expected, there were also delightfully gruesome anatomical models, dainty models of fungi made in blown glass, nostalgic items (remember... More 

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Coulsdon, null, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Knew this was a small museum & read up on what's available & reviews so we're actually surprised at the size. 3 rooms of things to look at. We found as adults it more interesting of course, but there was something of interest in each cabinet/room to our almost-5 year old & 8 year old who are keen learners. From... More 

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Thank Wendy A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

The Whipple Museum of the History of Science is attached to the University of Cambridge. It doesn't exactly go out of its way to advertise itself. Once you find it you will discover a small, very traditional but informative museum that houses a diverse collection of scientific instruments and other scientific apparatus, including clocks, orreries and globes. A good way... More 

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