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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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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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Amazing collection!

Housed in the original Ashmolean building this is an absolutely charming museum. They have a very comprehensive collection on the history of chemistry and astronomy. The guards... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Churchill, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Lots of interesting old brass ornate instruments, some previously owned by famous historical engineers like Brunel. Microscopes, orrerys and other stuff. Fabulous.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Housed in the original Ashmolean building this is an absolutely charming museum. They have a very comprehensive collection on the history of chemistry and astronomy. The guards were more than happy to explain some of the items and answer general questions. Definitively worth a visit.

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Atworth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

What a fascinating place to visit. Do not be fooled by its small size or its lengthy title - this is a place that has a genuine blackboard that ALBERT EINSTEIN wrote on hung innocently on a wall! From old models of the universe where earth is the centre, to massive teloscopes to a fascinating exhibition on a young scientist... More 

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Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Given that my boy has short attention span, the small museum and short guided tour was just right for us. We loved the uniqueness of the museum and the rich history of science objects. The guide, Robert, was fantastic story teller!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Amazing collection of scientific objects; first antibiotic culture dishes, finest collection of astrolabes in the universe, digital timepieces, Marconi's original radio gear! Lewis Carroll's photographic gear, Einstein's blackboard! They have a programme of family friendly activities and other events. All in the first purpose built museum building in UK. Don't miss. We locals love it. Only marked down for lack... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Pleasantly surprised by the amount of stuff they managed to cram into such a small space! Einstein's blackboard!!

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is a stunning museum. I only saw part of it and was sad not to have more time. The lower floors are filled with antique scientific instruments from times when such objects were not just useful but beautiful. The special exhibit when we were there (on Geeks) was well-organized and informative.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Why I think you should stop by this museum: - It is free of charge (save money!); - It is a little one, on three small floors, so it won't take much of your time; - There's Einstain's blackboard about relativity of when he gave lectures about it in Oxford in 1931 (where will you have the chance to see... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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

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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