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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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A treasure trove for those interested in science

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW 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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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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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Fantastic exhibition on the life of physicist Harold Moseley. Unfortunately part of the museum was closed but will definitely be back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Easy to find on Broad St and free to enter makes this museum quite appealing. On entering it doesn't look that big but the place is crammed full of different curiosities, it actually shows some superb workmanship in articles such as microscopes and astrolobes and how such things have evolved to become mass produced. It seems almost too much to... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This is a small museum entered via Broad Street. Entry is free. No doubt scientists can marvel at the ingenuity of our forebears. For the less well informed, the instruments are all so very beautiful - a joy to look at and marvel at for the workmanship, as well as the science.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

A great collection of medical instruments, navigational instruments, etc. It is dark, old and interesting.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We visited the new exhibition after listening to a John Humphreys interview on Today. What a disappointment. We expected to see Henry Moseley's work properly explained, but there was virtually nothing except a short video and a chart which made no sense at all. Lots of maps and flags and other stuff about the Gallipoli campaign. My wife remarked that... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to write a review and I'm sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the exhibition. Our intention with the Dear Harry exhibition was to present a broader, more multifaceted show than is typical for the Museum. To this end, the narrative was structured around the presentation of Henry Moseley as 'son, scientist, soldier' and... More 

London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Lots of curious instruments, but we were disappointed by the lack of detail in the signage and labelling. All "what" and no "why", or even "how it's used", so we learned little that we didn't know already. Nothing compared to the exhibition in the Weston library nearby.

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

Thanks for your review, and sorry to hear you were disappointed by the displays. We are in fact currently in discussions about how better to interpret the objects in the collections, and one of the things we hope to achieve is a better sense of 'who, how, and why', where possible, so your comments are being borne in mind. More 

England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Thousands of historical exhibits laid out in showcases over three floors. If you have any interest in science this is a must.

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Had been looking forwards for several years to going here, having given priority to other great museums in Oxford on previous visits. Went with my 17 year old son (usually very interested in science) for the afternoon. I'm a professional engineer so use scientific principles every day and often wonder how they were discovered, by whom and when - so... More 

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

Thanks very much for your review - the points you have raised are something we have already been discussing internally at the Museum as we look to improve the interpretation of the collection. The need to connect the instruments with their history and users is something that has been noted quite a few times and we are currently looking to... More 

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Address: 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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