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“Interesting if not extensive”

Museum of the History of Science
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Ranked #23 of 183 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 11 March 2014

Small museum but has a range of interesting stuff. The medical section is a bit small. No charge for entry. You can get round in about an hour

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Reviewed 9 March 2014

As a scientist myself, I thought this museum was pretty cool and definitely interesting - I loved seeing all of the old tools and to know how far we have come! They have everything from old astronomical tools from all over the world to a collection of microscopes and old chemistry vials and tools. When I visited, there was a special exhibit on crystals that I was also lucky enough to get a guided tour of explaining the discovery of the crystalline structure and x-ray crystallography.

The museum is smaller that I had expected, but has lots packed into it. Also, it is free and a great rainy day activity! You can spend a short time just browsing all of the instruments and tools or, if you have more time to spare, you could spend hours examining and studying everything. I said "2-3 hours" for the recommended length of visit but it really depends on how in depth you are wanting to go.

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Reviewed 26 February 2014

Some of the most bizzare things I've ever seen, but interesting. Best thing was seeing Einstein's blackboard, but there were globes and all sorts to marvel at. There was an interesting crystals exhibit too. It's free to go in and just asks for donations. Also I noticed there were kids packs and saw 2 girls doing them on way round so something for everyone.

Thank MrsSaddo
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

Situated in an old town mansion right next door to the Bodleian library, the Museum of the History of Science is an unknown gem outside of the city which you be glad to be taken to when you visit.

With collections over the three floors open to the public, there are many unusual creations on display here which will amaze you how the people of oxford centuries ago, with no modern technology, were able to solve problems by creating ingenious devices on display which you can see. While there is lots to see, all the collections divided into themes such as time pieces, lab equipment, etc. there is plently of space to move around in in the rooms and we never felt lacking for space.

The most amazing piece is in the basement of the museum; a blackboard used by Albert Einstein which he wrote equations on which are still present hangs on the one wall of the exhibition for all to see. This is a true relic of mathematics and science and my friend was stunned to see it.

The museum is free entry and right in the heart of oxford so if you have time you will find it very worth your while. Combine a visit here with say a visit to the sheldonian theatre next door or trinity college, balliol college or blackwells across the street; you will find even in a small area of Oxford there is more then enough to see.

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Reviewed 9 February 2014

and if I was in Oxford for a further day I would have gone again. You could almost fill an hour with each case in the basement and there are a dozen of them, the special exhibition on crystals was worth a look and that is even before you think of the floor you go in on, then there is upstairs as well. Next time i go to Oxford I will go back

Thank george b
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