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Museum of the History of Science

Broad St., Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
44-1865-277280
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Ranked #21 of 97 attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Science Museums
Owner description: This museum boasts an unrivalled collection of more than 10,000 scientific instruments ranging from the time of antiquity to the early twentieth... more » Owner description: This museum boasts an unrivalled collection of more than 10,000 scientific instruments ranging from the time of antiquity to the early twentieth century. « less
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Prague, Czech Republic
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I liked it, my wife slightly less, but I am afraid it is quite typical. Beautiful collection of historical science toys - sorry - science tools. In a historical building with old wooden creaking stairs, from astronomy, to navigation, chemistry etc etc I like it very much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

A beautiful collection of scientific instruments. Orrerys, microscopes, telescopes and much more. And it's all free. (but please leave a donation)

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London
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The museum feels a bit like a Tardis - the cram so much "stuff" in. Not sure entirely what order (if any) they are in, but somehow that doesn't matter. The whole building shows how important Oxford has been in terms of scientific discoveries over the years and individual exhibits really make the place feel personal. I was fortunate enough... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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24 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Loads of brass apparatus and interesting inventions so even if science history isn't your thing, go to see the beauty. If science history is your thing, there's even more for you here. The docents seem quite knowledgeable and eager to point out the most interesting things. There's even a blackboard with Einstein's writing on it down on the bottom floor.

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Westborough, MA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

There were very nice exhibits on Dinasaurs and geology.. I think it would hold the interest of young kids for a bit. Some okay to touch exhibits, such as dinasour eggs, and fossils Some factually incorrect things in exhibits though. While we were there they were doing prep for a special event the next day, so things were a bit... More

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Tring
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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

This museum houses some amazing scientific apparatus and artefacts. Displayed Collections of instruments in the fields of Astronomical, optical , natural exhibits of stones and crystals . Free guided tours by expert volunteers, lectures and special events, make this museum a must see on any visit to Oxford. ..and its free !!!

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Oxford
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91 reviews 91 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Small museum but has a range of interesting stuff. The medical section is a bit small. No charge for entry. You can get round in about an hour

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London, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

As a scientist myself, I thought this museum was pretty cool and definitely interesting - I loved seeing all of the old tools and to know how far we have come! They have everything from old astronomical tools from all over the world to a collection of microscopes and old chemistry vials and tools. When I visited, there was a... More

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York, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Some of the most bizzare things I've ever seen, but interesting. Best thing was seeing Einstein's blackboard, but there were globes and all sorts to marvel at. There was an interesting crystals exhibit too. It's free to go in and just asks for donations. Also I noticed there were kids packs and saw 2 girls doing them on way round... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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98 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Situated in an old town mansion right next door to the Bodleian library, the Museum of the History of Science is an unknown gem outside of the city which you be glad to be taken to when you visit. With collections over the three floors open to the public, there are many unusual creations on display here which will amaze... More

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