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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 334500
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 4:00 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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A lot of fun

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

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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102 reviews 102 reviews
25 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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164 reviews 164 reviews
58 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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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113 reviews 113 reviews
29 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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33 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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