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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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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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It appears rather 'stuffy' but is really very interesting.

The building was formerly the home of the Ashmolean Museum. Had a brief 15 minute look around yesterday. There are so many interesting and unusual exhibits that you could spend... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The building was formerly the home of the Ashmolean Museum. Had a brief 15 minute look around yesterday. There are so many interesting and unusual exhibits that you could spend hours here. I particularly like the collection of historic globes, which are tucked away in a corner of the lower level. The famous blackboard with the writing of Albert Einstein... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I recommend taking one of the FREE tours which are offered a few times each day. It is not a large museum, but what is here is highly interesting and the docents provide considerable information. The tour lasts only about 30-45 minutes, but you can stay as long as you like - and it is FREE!!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great little museum that is worth a quick look particularly for those with a fascination for science and the history of discovery. Among the many great historical objects is a blackboard with a hand written formula in chalk by Albert Einstein written during a lecture in Oxford in the 1930s.

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Thank AtlanticTyger
Northamptonshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second visit in a short period of time. Although it was the same exhibits, we were still mesmerized by the age and variety of items. The globe's alone are worth a visit.

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Benfleet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are some very interesting things to see here I spent a very rainy day loosing myself for an hour and learning a few things along the way worth a visit

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum has one of the most extensive collections of scientific instrument I have ever seen (and I have seen a good few). The skill and precision of the workers has to be seen to be believed. One thing that particularly caught my attention was the display of microscopes. It was clear that microscopes had reached a peak of development... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In these halls you'll see the instruments that helped man pursue knowledge for the past 1000 years. Many are exquisitely crafted with fabulous artistic skill. Often the instruments pay homage to God which I found instructive since the cultural norm these days seems to be that faith is an obstacle to science. I'm sure it's not intended, but these exhibits... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my partner loved this museum. It was hard going on my knees with the stairs but I didn't care as I wanted to see everything. We want to go back as we couldn't take everything in as there is so much in each cabinet.... See you again soon

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Cambridgeshire, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Free entry and great for an hour or so to amuse older children. Some wonderful artefacts demonstrating the skills of the craftsmen sometimes despite the science being incorrect.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This is a relatively small museum but full of interest. Especially recommended to those with an interest in science. I thought I would be in there for 20 minutes or so and stayed for two hours, and I still did not see everything. And its free!

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