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Museum of the History of Science

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Address: Broad St., Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
Phone Number: 44-1865-277280
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Description: This museum boasts an unrivalled collection of more than 10,000 scientific...
This museum boasts an unrivalled collection of more than 10,000 scientific instruments ranging from the time of antiquity to the early twentieth century.
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Fascinating - and free!

Thousands of historical exhibits laid out in showcases over three floors. If you have any interest in science this is a must.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Lots of curious instruments, but we were disappointed by the lack of detail in the signage and labelling. All "what" and no "why", or even "how it's used", so we learned little that we didn't know already. Nothing compared to the exhibition in the Weston library nearby.

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Public_Engagement, Public Relations Manager at Museum of the History of Science, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, and sorry to hear you were disappointed by the displays. We are in fact currently in discussions about how better to interpret the objects in the collections, and one of the things we hope to achieve is a better sense of 'who, how, and why', where possible, so your comments are being borne in mind. More 

England, United Kingdom
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158 reviews 158 reviews
43 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Thousands of historical exhibits laid out in showcases over three floors. If you have any interest in science this is a must.

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Had been looking forwards for several years to going here, having given priority to other great museums in Oxford on previous visits. Went with my 17 year old son (usually very interested in science) for the afternoon. I'm a professional engineer so use scientific principles every day and often wonder how they were discovered, by whom and when - so... More 

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MHSOxford, Public Relations Manager at Museum of the History of Science, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your review - the points you have raised are something we have already been discussing internally at the Museum as we look to improve the interpretation of the collection. The need to connect the instruments with their history and users is something that has been noted quite a few times and we are currently looking to... More 

London, United Kingdom
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

in the basement , it has an original black board on which Einstein has explained for one of the three lectures which he delivered when he was in Oxford. A must visit.

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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

My teenage children spent ages in here, looking really closely at weird and wonderful things. They were able to do this because the museum is very small. This meant that they were able to focus attention on single objects. They were fascinated by the constellation globes.They both want to re-visit.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The museum is full of interesting old scientific instruments. Lots of things to look at in here. The day we went there were researchers in neuroscience in the basement, with some things to look at. We looked at a mouse brain down a microscope. They were good at explaining things to our 5 year old as well.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Although this museum covers topics, and the history of specialist technology, substantially outside of my knowledge comfort zone I always find it a treasure trove of fascinating items to see and try to understand. They also put on small but really informative and enjoyable mini exhibitions every so often. The history of the building and its uses through time are... More 

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london
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This beautiful building houses a collection that is not only a treasure trove for scholars and the scientifically literate but is also full of clever and engaging exhibits to explain and explore scientific concepts and history for those with no background and for children. Heartily recommended. If you have children check out the website as they run various events and... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The Museum of the History of Science is based in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, cramming several thousand exhibits over three quite small floors, linked by a large wooden staircase, so it's not easy for those with mobility problems. This means that it very much an old style museum, with lots of fairly small and fascinating objects, generally... More 

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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

One of the best places that I visited in Oxford. The museum is amazing, full of history, ancient devices as a the first calculators, clocks, armillary spheres, etc. It is quite small in comparison with other similar museums, but it offers an extraordinary experience (a free experience I must say, given that the entry fee is £0). Highly recommended if... More 

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