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Museum of the History of Science

Broad St., Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
44-1865-277280
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Ranked #23 of 99 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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Westborough, MA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

There were very nice exhibits on Dinasaurs and geology.. I think it would hold the interest of young kids for a bit. Some okay to touch exhibits, such as dinasour eggs, and fossils Some factually incorrect things in exhibits though. While we were there they were doing prep for a special event the next day, so things were a bit... More

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Tring
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66 reviews 66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

This museum houses some amazing scientific apparatus and artefacts. Displayed Collections of instruments in the fields of Astronomical, optical , natural exhibits of stones and crystals . Free guided tours by expert volunteers, lectures and special events, make this museum a must see on any visit to Oxford. ..and its free !!!

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Oxford
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97 reviews 97 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Small museum but has a range of interesting stuff. The medical section is a bit small. No charge for entry. You can get round in about an hour

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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

As a scientist myself, I thought this museum was pretty cool and definitely interesting - I loved seeing all of the old tools and to know how far we have come! They have everything from old astronomical tools from all over the world to a collection of microscopes and old chemistry vials and tools. When I visited, there was a... More

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York, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Some of the most bizzare things I've ever seen, but interesting. Best thing was seeing Einstein's blackboard, but there were globes and all sorts to marvel at. There was an interesting crystals exhibit too. It's free to go in and just asks for donations. Also I noticed there were kids packs and saw 2 girls doing them on way round... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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146 reviews 146 reviews
98 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Situated in an old town mansion right next door to the Bodleian library, the Museum of the History of Science is an unknown gem outside of the city which you be glad to be taken to when you visit. With collections over the three floors open to the public, there are many unusual creations on display here which will amaze... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

and if I was in Oxford for a further day I would have gone again. You could almost fill an hour with each case in the basement and there are a dozen of them, the special exhibition on crystals was worth a look and that is even before you think of the floor you go in on, then there is... More

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

This is one of those hidden gems which you stumble over. Chocked to the brim with scientific instruments of all descriptions, yet still accessible to anyone due to carefully crafted explanatory signage and the extremely informative guides. Very much worth your time.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

It's a nice museum with free admission. It was kind of interesting to see all the old science stuff and the free family tours they offered seemed to be a lot of fun for the children. But for me it got boring after 30 min. They have like 20 times the same stuff. Not like one or two old microscopes... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Friendly and knowledgeable volunteer made our day. This exhibit is full of strange and intriguing articles. Particular favourite was the scent clock (as later seen on QI)

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