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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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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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Another free attraction

Lovely way to spend a rainy afternoon. Full of interesting artefacts. We particularly enjoyed the orrery and the zoetropes. Interactive room for kids too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Lovely way to spend a rainy afternoon. Full of interesting artefacts. We particularly enjoyed the orrery and the zoetropes. Interactive room for kids too.

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The Dalles, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I really enjoyed this museum - lots of displays of interesting and ancient science tools and dozens more in accessible drawers. There isn't much narration but it's a fine collection.

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Bedfordshire
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I had spoken to Steve previous to our visit and he kindly arranged parking on site for me as a person with a disability. However, the site is a shambles! Steve was most helpful and friendly. The museum has numerous artifacs, but it is mostly dark and airless and the descriptions are dry and academic at best. More like a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is a lovely collection inside a Cambridge University building so with lots of atmosphere but modern facilities also. The Victorian Drawing Room was fascinating and there is a lot of opportunity in the Museum as a whole to handle artefacts - it's not all shut away in glass cases. As it's free as well, extremely good value!

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The collection has some impressive equipment on display but for the uninitiated there is a great need for some more basic information. Astrolabes and sextants abound without a simple graphic to show how they work, or better still a demonstration. I have used a rocking microtome, but putting one in a case without any explanation at all seems rather pointless.... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We walked past the museum a couple of times because the actual door is not labelled but either side of it was postered. This is not a huge museum but it's weird and wonderful exhibits are quite captivating! There's a mixture of odds and end ranging from papier mache human internals, astrolabes, early computers, calculators, telescopes, models of fungi and... More 

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Sydney
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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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