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Museum of the History of Science

Address: Broad St., Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
Phone Number: 44-1865-277280
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Ranked #21 of 94 Attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Science Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum boasts an unrivalled collection of more than 10,000 scientific instruments ranging from...
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Type: History Museums, Science Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This museum is very small with limited facilities (there are no toilets for example!) but it has an interesting collection including Einstein's famous chalk board and the first penicillin culture. Unfortunately, they are not well presented with pieces hidden away, or lots and lots of the same thing displayed together in cases with little contextual information. It is a free... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Regular visit with my sons as they are fascinated by the old surgical equipment on site . The building was the original location of the ashmolean so should really claim the oldest crown

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Milnerton, South Africa
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36 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Whilst it was interesting to see some of the equipment used over the centuries in the various scientific discoveries and calculations, a lot could be done to bring the history of science to life with multimedia or interactive displays. We weren't entertained for long here, neither we learn very much about what the various items were used for. Entrance is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Enjoyed seeing intricately gorgeous astronomical artefacts such as compendiums, telescopes, astrolabes and globes. If you're a fan of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy you might spot a few alethiometer lookalikes. Don't miss the blackboard featuring an equation written by Einstein - it's displayed downstairs in a fairly low-key manner. The building itself is lovely and really envelops you in... More 

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Guildford
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We stumbled upon this excellent Museum on our way to various universities. Dinasour skeletons, T Rex and friends made for a lovely downstairs display amongst other exhibits. The kids seemed to be enjoying the apes and shrunken heads etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I went there with my family and we loved this museum. Lots of stuff for a science lover. Don't forget to see the Einstein black board in the basement.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Stumbled upon this museum by accident, free entry and it has a great collection of the history of science - some of the most beautiful telescopes I've ever seen!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The museum is not too big that & you can finish them in a couple of hours. But very impressive content from the early science's discovery & instruments. You can even find Einstein's scribbles here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

A great museum in city centre, full of historically relevant scientific items and paraphernalia. The museum is laid out over multiple floors and has an amazing amount of items. If you want to soak it all up, plan on at least a couple hours. Entrance is free so you can even nip around the corner for a coffee or food... More 

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

As we were walking up the steps to this museum, I folded a bag of nuts and put them in my bag. As we entered a guide jumped on us telling me eating was not allowed in the museum. I replied I knew and that was why I put them away outside the museum. This guide then proceeded to follow... More 

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