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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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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Interesting but dark inside

Not a large museum and you can probably be done within the hour Free entry Small rooms packed with artefacts, mainly scientific equipment like telescopes, microscopes, barometers... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Towcester, United Kingdom
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

As found on a free walking tour of Oxford (which was excellent), I stopped off to look at this Museum. Firstly, its completely free (donations accepted). The recent Henry 'Harry' Moseley exhibition is the outdtanding feature. The actual instrumemts available to view are quite dull. Even as a scientist myself the museum has an inordinate fondness for astrolabes and if... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The museum had a good range of astronomy exhibits and a nice selection of early chemistry and medical equipment but I was hoping for a little more variation. But you can not go wrong for free!

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Zürich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Lots of tools and utensils of the great minds that have studied/worked/lived in and around Oxford. On of Einstein's derivations is preserved here. Lots of items on display. Worth a visit.

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Towcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Not a large museum and you can probably be done within the hour Free entry Small rooms packed with artefacts, mainly scientific equipment like telescopes, microscopes, barometers etc Interesting but not my kind of thing, it was quite dark inside and quite claustrophobic

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Impressive collection of brass instruments - especially for microscopy and navigation. The exhibition really shows how accelerated the development has been the last three hundered years. I am awed at the ingenuity and creativity displayed in the invention of many of the instruments and in in many of the other significant discoveries. That a student in the 19th century would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

If you like Science and History you will love it. It kind of transports you through the scientific development of particular scientific items such as microscopes. I found it very interesting and definitely worth the visit. It isn't very big but worth a visit. I particularly liked Einstein's blackboard, located in the lower ground floor.

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I wish I came to this museum more than just once. Each section contains so much interesting info/history that you need time to digest it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This has a lot of interesting items for those who like to see old things. There is a blackboard that Einstein wrote equations on very old microscopes, the telescope that was used to discover Uranus. Oh and let's not forget the items used to help discover penicillin! The layout is a bit difficult. You have to be very motivated to... More 

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

Boring. Unless you really love scientific instruments, avoid. Much better to visit The Science Museum in London or MOSI in Manchester. In fairness in the space available a useful history of science would be difficult. But there doesn't seem to be any attempt to tell ANY story here.

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

Hi David Thank you for your review of the Museum and sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit. Your comments are valuable though, and are in line with many of the things we are currently discussing here regarding the interpretation of the collections - more people; fuller stories; simpler, bolder themes and so on are all things we... More 

Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

A quirky collection housed in the original Boedlian library building. With Einstein's blackboard and many other significant exhibits. Currently has a special exhibition on Harry Mosely a scientist killed in WW1. It was very well laid out and added a bit more reality to the effects of the Great War in its centenary year. Some great quirky science based gifts.... More 

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Additional Information about Museum of the History of Science

Address: Broad St., Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
Phone Number: 44-1865-277280
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
Open Hours:
Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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