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Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, England
44 1223 334500
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Ranked #25 of 107 attractions in Cambridge
Type: Science Museums, History Museums
Owner description: Founded as a University Museum in 1944, this diverse collection covers all branches of science and features a comprehensive collection of scientific... more » 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. « less
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Atlanta, Georgia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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49 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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UK
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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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We all really enjoyed ourselves here - this small but well put together museum is a hidden gem! It is on the New Museums site, close to the Sedgwick and the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology but is tucked away around the corner next to the Cavendish laboratories. Seems like there's lots for children too, with a lovely imitation Victorian... More

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staffordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

A little tricky to find - walked past the entrance twice - but well worth it - some really interesting objects and lots of information - particularly liked the glass models of microscopic flora.

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

A small but very well set out museum containing scientific instruments and equipment dating back hundreds of years. There is a hands-on room where children (and adults) are encouraged to touch and explore. Worth spending an hour or so looking at the exhibits. Entry is free.

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Herts, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Hidden away next door to the original Cavendish Scientific Laboratories this is a small and eclectic museum of scientific instruments - based initially on a large personal collection and subsequently augmented from various Cambridge laboratories. The older instruments are works of art and precision engineering, some originally owned by the giants of science e.g. Herschel, Raleigh et. al. They also... More

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