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Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Address: Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, England
Phone Number: 44 1223 334500
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Ranked #25 of 104 Attractions in Cambridge
Type: History Museums, Science Museums, Museums
Owner description: Founded as a University Museum in 1944, this diverse collection covers all branches of science and...
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Type: History Museums, Science Museums, Museums
Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

THis is out of the way - you have to know what your are looking for. But once you get there, you can spend hours there looking at the exhibits. This place has an amazing collection - tons of artifacts, scientific instruments, documents, fascinating globes, and many other things. Since it is out of the way, it is a nice,... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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153 reviews 153 reviews
56 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

One of my favourite exhibits at the Whipple is the display of chemistry sets, those treasure chests of colours, smells, fizzes and bangs that introduced a generation of young people to the wonders of science in the1950s and 60s. ‘Toys’ that demonstrate scientific principles are scattered throughout the Museum, but the great strength of the Whipple is its internationally important... More 

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Saffron Walden
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107 reviews 107 reviews
27 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Excellent displays with lots more in the drawers beneath with some that one could actually get your hands on. There is no fee, but there is a box for donations.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I loved this museum. Lots of exhibits showing early scientific instruments with good panels. Just the right size (about 1/2 hr to 1 hr to see) Lots of astronomical, microscopy and early mathematical instruments. Really well presented and very few people. A must see. Best of all, It is free

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Atlanta, Georgia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
30 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My husband, 9-year-old son, and I visited this museum on a day trip from London (an hour on the fast train from Kings' Cross Station) and we had a wonderfully fascinating time. We saw many microscopes, astrolabes, globes, biological models of humans, animals, and plants, unique telescopes and historic clocks, plus displays of things like calculators throughout history and models... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Gives an insight into the history of science worldwide. Would suit a family with 9 to 14 year-old children starting to be interested in science. Don't miss the Victorian Room upstairs with games to play. It is not far from the Sidgewick Museum of Geology and Archeaology and Anthropology Museum in Downing Street Cambridge. Turn into Free School Lane from... More 

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

This small museum is worth a visit if you have even a slight interest in science or technology. Lots to see and there is a really nice room with hands on activities for kids ( or adults if you fancy).

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Surprising to find such a great little museum with plenty of hands on exhibits! Plus had instruments from Darwin and Herschel

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
68 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This is a fascinating place. I expected it to be rather dry but it was really interesting to learn so much in a relatively small space. It is not as busy as other Cambridge museums so has a calm atmosphere.

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North Wales, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

I had never been here before- a great omission.. It is a beautifully presented and fascinating museum; do put aside a few hours to stop by..

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