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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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Mon - Fri 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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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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Fitzwilliam was closed so went in here

We were going to the Fitzwilliam but it was closed so having been told by our guide that it would be open we decided to try it. Really interesting building which was at first a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Jayne H
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Chittlehampton, United Kingdom
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Chittlehampton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were going to the Fitzwilliam but it was closed so having been told by our guide that it would be open we decided to try it. Really interesting building which was at first a Free School, then a laboratory and now a museum. It is filled with a great array of scientific instruments, medical and botanical models for teaching... More 

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Horton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A small museum but a Must Visit. Interesting exhibits explained by friendly and knowledgeable curators.

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Thank MandBandRuby
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tucked down a side street, away from the mainstream museums, this little gem was a spectacular find. Very small, it has a great wealth of interesting artefacts. Limited viewing times.

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Thank mgfj20
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

I wanted to like this museum more than I did. There is so much to enjoy in this rather quaint, scientific, museum set in the heart of Cambridge. The exhibits are wonderful and unusual but what I found to be a huge drawback is the lack of information. Time and time again I was looking at lovely scientific exhibits only... More 

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Thank Philip B
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

The displays are lovingly arranged and extremely interesting. This is one of Cambridge's more quirky museums, so I can't even summarise terribly well what it is you can see there. I guess you could call it the history of science, but that sounds far too dry for what the Whipple has on offer. It's an amazing place to visit for... More 

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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

After visiting the tourist information centre in Cambridge, we were given information about this museum and decided to pay a visit. The museum itself is quite small, and from the outside we couldn't tell whether it was actually open or not. The displays are well set out, and informative. Seeing computers, calculators and slide rules that I used when I... More 

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Newmarket, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Some interesting artefacts. Doesn't require a lot of time to go through the museum. Perfect for a rainy day.

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Cambridge, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

A small museum with an interesting mix of items to view. Primarily focused on time and position measurements, with computers as an addition, it does not cover all areas of science. Worth a short trip if you are interested in physics.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Very small museum that is free to enter. Worth a look if you are in the area. I would say you need 30-60 minutes to have a good luck round. There is a computer within the museum that you can use to access more information on each exhibition piece. Enjoyed a little look round.

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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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