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“Slightly underwhelming”

Museum of the History of Science
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US$63.07*
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Full-Day Tour of Windsor, Eton and Oxford from London
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US$79.89*
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Oxford, Stratford and the Cotswold Villages Day Trip from London
Ranked #23 of 185 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.
Reviewed 19 August 2013

I'd been looking forward to visiting this museum the most, however I was quite underwhelmed with my visit. The building itself is beautiful, it has great stone statues outside and it a very nice building to look at. The museum was not what I was expecting. It is mainly a collection of scientific (mainly to do with physics) instruments and not much else. If you are interested in the biological aspect of science then this place is not for you. It could be said that the Natural History museum would be more up your street, but it is closed until 2014 so on my visit there wasn't a lot that interested me. There are a few pieces in this museum that were interesting, such as Einstein's blackboard. However I think so much more could be done, there wasn't much for children to do, the exhibitions don't have a lot of explanation to the items. Basically if you're expecting to see things such as space and planet exhibitions, for example, you will be disappointed. However if you would like to see a mass collection of microscopes and astrolabes then this is the place for you!
The building also has a lot of steps,so please bare this in mind if you are taking children or people with disabilities.
Overall quite a disappointing experience, not a huge amount to see (the museum is actually quite small) but it's worth a look for the architecture.

Thank CharleyYpres
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

This is a small museum that displays various scientific instruments from different time periods. You'll find a blackboard with equations from a lecture given by Einstein. They have abacus, telescopes, medical instruments, microscopes, astrolabes, and many other items. Too bad that there are no engaging/didactic information associated to the items (other than their description) to help visitors have a better understanding of the importance of the pieces. I must say, though, that they have tried to be engaging creating various activity sheets for children. It's a start...Covering all levels will take less than a hour.

Thank hmmr33326
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

Ok so lots of the detail of the exhibits were lost on us but its a beautiful building in the centre of Oxford and we just had to see Einstein's blackboard at first hand!
Be warned there are lots of stairs to climb and the more child friendly natural history exhibits are tucked away on the lower ground floor. But as my 8 year old son commented he could have spent longer in there - so much to see!

Thank Sarah473
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

Well what did we expect from a Museum at Oxford other that Excellent, firstly the museum is FREE yes I will say that again FREE, it's full of interesting artifacts that take you back to days gone by. If you like museums and you like Science then this is an a sulfate must for you and the family.

Thank BIG_APL_68
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

The museum is not really big but the value of collection is incredible.
There are a lot of original objects belonged to scientists of the past.

My favourites:
- the blackboard written by A. Einstein
- the instruments used by Marconi during his experiments

Free entry is a plus.

Thank Andrea G
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