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Museum of the History of Science

Broad St., Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
44-1865-277280
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Ranked #25 of 103 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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

a free to enter small museum but every cabinet and display case is packed with amazing gems from pristine brass microscopes to clockwork oratories , even one of Einstein's blackboards!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately I didn't have the time to fully appreciate this museum as I was only there for an hour but I did really enjoy seeing the historical scientific equipment. I really liked the pastel drawing of the moon and the found the Persian astrolabes fascinating as well as the rather large telescope. I also really enjoyed the Geek is Good... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We did not have a lot of time left to visit the Museum, however it's collection of early scientific instruments is fascinating. The ingenuity of the inquiring scientists is on display and their ability to fashion instruments in the days when technology was not all over makes this a worthwhile destination. Next time we are in Oxford we will return... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Have visited this museum 2 or 3 times in the last few years. Always worth a visit, just to marvel at being able to stand in front of Marconi's first microphone and the blackboard with Einstein's calculations on it. There are lots of varied and fascinating exhibits, too many to mention, that are truly historic in their own context. Aside... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I came here with while staying in Oxford, saw good reviews so I thought I would check it out. First of all this is in a beautiful building, it looks so old, the staircase is beautiful, you should check out the pastel of the moon from like the 1700s. The upper floor has historical scientific items from different parts of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The museum is on 3 floors of a very old (1600s) building which is interesting in its own right - though it is full of ancient astrolabes and orrerys etc, which scientists and men of letters used centuries ago. It's a bit "dry" for non scientists in my view.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Didn't know what to expect, but totally delighted with what I found. Amazing collection of historic "scientific apparatus" of all sorts, well-presented and displayed.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I thoroughly recommend this museum as an incredibly densely packed archive of the history of science, which engages even the youngest children. Caution: while this museum is not that large, there is so much here that it may take a few days to be able to take it all in, so best to plan a couple of trips.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Visited the museum during the Geek Exhibition a few months ago. The exhibits were amazingly varied and covered something for everyone - personally I'm not too interested in 'history', but the technology and science exhibits were unbelievably interesting. Another brilliant museum in Oxford that's totally free. You'd be stupid to miss out!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

it was my first time here so i didn't know what to do and so i thought when i got inside i thought what do i do first.the next question i wondered was how much money do i have to pay to get in thats when i realised it was surprisingly free!

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