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Whipple Museum of the History of Science

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Address: Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, England
Phone Number: +44 1223 330906
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12:30 - 16:30
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Mon - Fri 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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A fascinating collection

An excellent free museum - an amazing collection of scientific equipment and models Fascinating - Needs more space and more interactive exhibits - Plus ? some films to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

With an hour or two to spare in central Cambridge, the Whipple Museum has a great collection of historic scientific equipment, well laid out and presented. AS a geographer, found the 1st floor globe collection particularly fascinating ... including a 2014 globe of Mercrury. Worth an hour or two's time investment. It is free. It can be a bit tricky... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

The Whipple museum is a nice (smallish) museum with a great collection of historical scientific equipment. Not high on entertainment value for small children, but definitely an interesting stop for teens/adults with an interest in the sciences.

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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

I had been meaning to visit for over a third of a century, but somehow never did. At last I got round to it - and instantly realised I should have done so sooner. Great range of exhibits: wonderful instruments that help to provide real insight into how science developed.

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Thank Anthony H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

At first glance this museum seems small but there are more rooms and an upstairs level. For those keen on astronomy there is an amazingly large collection of telescopes (collected by Whipple). Drawers can be opened with some excellent exhibits and all in all a very worthwhile (and free) experience. Allow an hour and a half or more.

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