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Museum of the History of Science

Broad St., Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
44-1865-277280
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Ranked #24 of 99 attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Just as one flocks Mona Lisa in Luovre the same happens in this museum about Einstein's Black Board. But the museum has many other things to show. Eg. The museum has the world's finest collection of astrolabes. There is an interesting exhibition about the Oxford sciencegroups production of pencillin. The Museum have a website: www.mhs.ox.ac.uk using this you can plan... More

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Chippenham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This place is a real treasure. Go and see it is free. The staff have the most amazing knowledge of the past and all that us within the museum. Lots to see much to learn.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Its a small museum but has lots of items to look at it's free to get in although doesn't open till 12. It didn't take that long to go round it and kids got a bit bored maybe needs some interactive things to do but it is worth a visit.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Arrived just before a free 20-minute tour which made it much better than just looking around on your own. Lots to see but a bit repetitive in places, as in lots of the same type of instrument in one area.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Visited the museum in May 2014 with my husband and 2 daughters, 8 and 6. As soon as we entered the museum we were followed by a security guard. Do not know why unless they took a dislike to my husbands shaved head, as when he walked in the guard could not stop following him. My children were doing the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Cool little place to pass half an hour in a lovely part of the City. Friendly staff - especially the man downstairs who knows everything about everything and is very entertaining! Must see Albert's Blackboard in the Basement.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

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 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

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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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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