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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 101 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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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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MHSOxford, Public Relations Manager at Museum of the History of Science, responded to this review

Thanks for the review - hope you enjoyed your look around. More

Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Hence my review.I am sure this establishment has much to offer,but was put off by lack of the above.As someone who needs to be close to one,I felt let down.This is the 21st Century for Heavens sake,surely this basic human need could be catered for.The nearest are in Blackwells book shop across the road,but as they are for customers only,some... More

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

Sorry for the very slow response to you about this; it has taken a while to get the TripAdvisor business account properly registered to allow me to reply. It is indeed unfortunate that we don't have any public lavatories. This is mainly a result of being inside a 17th-century building to which it is difficult to make major changes. There... More

Vancouver BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

A do not miss museum in Oxford. Popped in for a cursory look (PS it is FREE) and got drawn in for an hour - wishing I had even more time. Make sure you take in all floors as each one has its own character (and volunteers who seem to love what they do!). Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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

Thanks for the review. Glad you had funning geeking out here! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Just as one flocks Mona Lisa in Luovre the same happens in this museum about Einstein's Black Board. But the museum has many other things to show. Eg. The museum has the world's finest collection of astrolabes. There is an interesting exhibition about the Oxford sciencegroups production of pencillin. The Museum have a website: www.mhs.ox.ac.uk using this you can plan... More

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

Thanks a lot for your review of the Museum. I'm glad you find other interesting things to look at as well as the brilliant blackboard. More

Chippenham
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This place is a real treasure. Go and see it is free. The staff have the most amazing knowledge of the past and all that us within the museum. Lots to see much to learn.

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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 of the Museum and sorry for the slow response - I have only just managed to get the TripAdvisor business account up and running. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. Scott. More

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Its a small museum but has lots of items to look at it's free to get in although doesn't open till 12. It didn't take that long to go round it and kids got a bit bored maybe needs some interactive things to do but it is worth a visit.

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