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Whipple Museum of the History of Science

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Address: Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, England
Phone Number: +44 1223 330906
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12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Description: Founded as a University Museum in 1944, this diverse collection covers all...
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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We popped in here for about half an hour as we had some time to kill. The museum had an interesting selection of inventions and scientific models.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 9, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We popped in here for about half an hour as we had some time to kill. The museum had an interesting selection of inventions and scientific models.

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Soham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Really cool free museum. There is a lot to see in this hidden location. My kids enjoyed the around 12 boxes of hands in scientific equipment. This made it a lot more interesting for them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

There's a lot of really cool stuff to do and see in this museum, whether you're interested in terrifying medical contraptions or intricate models of the solar system.

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Leeds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Very traditional museum with lots of exhibits of scientific equipment. There are lots of drawers of hideous medical equipment to look at too! There are activites to engage children with throughout the museum too. There were also some links to current Cambridge Uni research too. The upstairs part of the museum was great. The globes exhibition is so interesting and... More 

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This little place is only open on weekdays so we found it out as soon as we arrived on a Friday afternoon. We got there close to closing time but had time to wander around for about half an hour. It has some interesting items. I was glad we made a point of visiting

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WI
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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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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Address: Address: Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, England
Phone Number: +44 1223 330906
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Cambridge
Open Hours:
Monday 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Thursday 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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