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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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Interesting little museum

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... read more

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

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 NEW

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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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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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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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed the Museum of the History of Science. This museum is a great example of how scientific instruments can also be works of art and that in fact, historically very often they were intended to be as much ornamental as practical. I found the Islamic instruments particularly interesting and would have liked further information to have been available... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I visited this museum with my children my daughter and my grandson on 17th February 2015. We were having a sight seeing day around Oxford, firstly myself and my daughter struggled up two flights of concrete steps with my two year old grandson in his pushchair, when I asked if we could use the disabled access we were told no... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Insufficient labelling meant that many of the exhibits were unexplained which was a shame. Science IS interesting but you felt none of those 'eureka' moments here. A couple of hands on stuff (which you had to pay for) and the whole place dark and gloomy. Again spoilt by over loud families explaining Einstein's theories to young Sebastian and anyone else... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Well, this museum mostly consists of a seemingly endless collection of brass scientific instruments. Even after casting my eye over them I don't even know what some of them are, since there's not much in the way of explanation. There are helpful volunteers around to ask, but I think that it would be much better if the exhibits were thinned... More 

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

Thanks for posting your review of the Museum here. We appreciate that to some visitors the Museum collection can be hard to access and perhaps a little overwhelming in its volume. To this end we are currently in discussions about how best to present the material, organise the space, and help people to access some of the interesting stories and... More 

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

A great little museum which i would highly recommend visiting when in Oxford there is alot to look at and has a unique collection. If you have an interest in science or the history of science then it's a definitely worth a visit.

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