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Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, England
+44 1223 330906
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Oops, don't forget their's an upstairs!

Great place to visit and take photographs. But don't forget there's an upstairs too at past the... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2018
Mark B
Worth a Visit

I recently visited the Whipple Museum in Cambridge. It has an interesting and extensive collection... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2018
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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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  • Very good51%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, England
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

Great place to visit and take photographs. But don't forget there's an upstairs too at past the astronomical stuff.

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

I recently visited the Whipple Museum in Cambridge. It has an interesting and extensive collection of instruments, models, books, pictures and other material related to the history of science. There are hands on displays for children. Definitely worth a visit if interested in anything relating...More

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

Having worked in a scientific discipline for about nine years, I felt really absorbed by the things that had done and how that had completed it. It feels very much part of what has happened in Cambridge over a few hundred years, a fits in...More

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

Tells a great tale of the fashions in pre-modern scientific research using scientific artefacts of the eras. It really gives you a feel for the development of science through the ages and also on how similar modern scientific teachings are with more historic teachings, using...More

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Reviewed 29 November 2017

The Whipple Museum was the place I most wanted to visit at Cambridge University. Admission is free. It's a bit hard to find because it is on a small lane and the entrance is inconspicuous. The reception area does not make a "big" impression: it's...More

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

A fascinating specialist museum with an interesting, but eclectic range of exhibits largely relating to measurement. Interesting eclipse recording instruments and a display of calculators. Helpful staff

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

We enjoyed visiting the Whipple Museum, especially because of the excellent docent who gave us a tour and explained all of the many scientific instruments and devices. Great displays, good explanations of the uses of the scientific devices.

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Reviewed 1 September 2017

The Whipple is a great visit for those with a general interest in science. The display cards are always informative though sometimes a bit brief. I'm still puzzled about how to use an astrolabe to determine latitude. The collection of microscopes is fascinating.

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Reviewed 27 August 2017

Interesting selection of scientific instruments, and (when we visited) a exhibition of globes. I never thought globes could be so interesting.

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Reviewed 18 August 2017

the family and me visited the whipple museum on our week in cambridge and this was really one of the best bits of the whole time there. its a good set of instruments and bits and pieces that they have here but most of all...More

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