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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 #24 of 106 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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Saffron Walden
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94 reviews 94 reviews
19 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
28 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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63 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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North Wales, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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