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Museum of the History of Science

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
+44 1865 277293
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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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  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
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+44 1865 277293
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US$83 per adult
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"scientific instruments"
in 60 reviews
"three floors"
in 20 reviews
"black board"
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"worth a visit"
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"on display"
in 26 reviews
"free entry"
in 21 reviews
"interesting collection"
in 10 reviews
"interesting items"
in 5 reviews
"special exhibition"
in 5 reviews
"sheldonian theatre"
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"broad street"
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"beautiful building"
in 7 reviews
"equipment"
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"einstein"
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"blackboard"
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"astrolabes"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Bob D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rather small inside but worth a look if you appreciate the sciences! We very much enjoyed there collection of Orrerys and sundials :) Not to mention the blackboard from one of Einstein’s lectures! One of the must see museums if your visiting Oxford!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great collection of old instruments, 17C microscopes, telescopes, old chemistry sets, Dorothy Hodgkin's ORIGINAL 3D structure of Insulin! Under-rated!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our trip was defined by what we couldn't do. Don't wear a bag, don't take in food or drink, don't sit on the steps. Don't hold the sweets you have taken from your children. Probably interesting for adults. If you have young kids avoid.More

Thank Mark R
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Robyn H, Public Relations Manager at Museum of the History of Science, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Mark, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we appreciate receiving feedback as this helps us improve for the future. I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t have an enjoyable visit. Our building is nearly 400 years old and this...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Apart from enstein’s chalk board this place was a bit dull. On the plus side it’s free but please leave a donation

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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

I love this little FREE museum. It's full of all sorts of old bits and bobs from all fields of science including some gorgeous brass microscopes and chemistry glassware. May not be terribly interesting for young children but worth bringing old children for the education....More

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Reviewed 26 May 2018

Everything about this museum fits its scope and makes it unique. The collection of astrolabes is second to none, the array of instruments runs from the gross (autopsy tools) to the sublime (16th-century pocket sundials), and of course there's Einstein's preserved chalkboard in the basement....More

Thank Louise B
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Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

It was free and had a couple of cool items like Einstein’s blackboard from a lecture. But it also had a crazy amount of other items that were identified but has no indication how they were used. I have a PhD and left feeling pretty...More

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Reviewed 15 May 2018

From the outside it looks very impressive and the architecture of the building itself is an attraction. The museum of history and science holds a lot of pieces given its size! It is quite 'cosy' so i don't think i would recommend it to wheelchair...More

1  Thank 281monikah
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