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“Good museum with some treasures” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum of the History of Science

Museum of the History of Science
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US$51.09*
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Full-Day Tour of Windsor, Eton and Oxford from London
Ranked #23 of 172 things to do in Oxford
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Owner description: This museum boasts an unrivalled collection of more than 10,000 scientific instruments ranging from the time of antiquity to the early twentieth century.
Newbury, England
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“Good museum with some treasures”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2012

Lovely little museum in an old building --plenty of stairs! The collections are excellent and very interesting. But as my 11 year old son said --the Einstein blackboard is AWESOME.

Visited April 2012
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“Very Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

Very interesting museum. From microscopes to the oldest photo cameras...
It also has the board that Alberd Einstein draw when he visit Oxford.
The entry to the museum is free.
In case you go for a daily tour to Oxford, have in mind that the museum opens at 14:00 to 17:00.

Visited April 2012
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“Small but amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

This is a fun place to run through in three-quarters of an hour. It's got some dandy gizmos from science past, and some intriguing stuff, esp in the special time exhibit that's on as of April 2012. Definitely something you should see when you're at the Bodleian and in the part of town.

Visited April 2012
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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“A really good little museum in teh old tradition (so only take your children if you can keep them amused, or they have )”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2012

I took friends to this museum as one of them is a science teacher. There are plenty of exhibits, including items relating to astronomy, navigation, surveying and medicine on three floors(lots of stairs and a few uneven floors). My personal favourite were the 18th and 19thCentury models made to demostrate scientific principles. Unfortunately there are no explanation boards or sheets, which is a great shame. I by no means like dumbed down museums but i've now seen lots of astrolabes, but don't know how to use one.
Free entry, no toilets, lift only to basement rooms i believe.

Visited April 2012
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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“Enlightening and well organised.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

From Einstein's blackboard outlining his mathematical notes on cosmic expansion, to Florey's lab equipment, and Mosley's notes on the Periodic table, to original Marconi equipment. Superb. Also worth visiting is the Time Machine exhibition documenting early attempts at astronomical timekeeping to present-day research into high-speed attoseconds.

The only drawback was the irresponsible parents who couldn't control their disinterested children and the behaviour of some boisterous tourists. The curators must be more assertive.

Visited April 2012
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