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Whipple Museum of the History of Science

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Address: Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, England
Phone Number: +44 1223 330906
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Founded as a University Museum in 1944, this diverse collection covers all...

Founded as a University Museum in 1944, this diverse collection covers all branches of science and features a comprehensive collection of scientific instruments that were used from the 16th century to the present.

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Telescopes, microscopes, globes, and more (and free)

With an hour or two to spare in central Cambridge, the Whipple Museum has a great collection of historic scientific equipment, well laid out and presented. AS a geographer... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With an hour or two to spare in central Cambridge, the Whipple Museum has a great collection of historic scientific equipment, well laid out and presented. AS a geographer, found the 1st floor globe collection particularly fascinating ... including a 2014 globe of Mercrury. Worth an hour or two's time investment. It is free. It can be a bit tricky... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

The Whipple museum is a nice (smallish) museum with a great collection of historical scientific equipment. Not high on entertainment value for small children, but definitely an interesting stop for teens/adults with an interest in the sciences.

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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

I had been meaning to visit for over a third of a century, but somehow never did. At last I got round to it - and instantly realised I should have done so sooner. Great range of exhibits: wonderful instruments that help to provide real insight into how science developed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

At first glance this museum seems small but there are more rooms and an upstairs level. For those keen on astronomy there is an amazingly large collection of telescopes (collected by Whipple). Drawers can be opened with some excellent exhibits and all in all a very worthwhile (and free) experience. Allow an hour and a half or more.

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

My husband was very keen to go as it was advertised as havin a lot of scientific instruments. Although the museum was well presented and informative there were a lot fewer exhibits than expected. However, still worth a visit if in the area!

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

Doesn't take too long to get round but still well worth the effort. The scientific artefacts and exhibits are truly fascinating. Free to get in, donations are welcomed.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

We visited during the Twilight at the Museum evening last night. The place is packed with really interesting historical artefacts and is set on a couple of floors with a lift for access if required. We will be going back in the daytime which will allow us to spend more time browsing.

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Chittlehampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

We were going to the Fitzwilliam but it was closed so having been told by our guide that it would be open we decided to try it. Really interesting building which was at first a Free School, then a laboratory and now a museum. It is filled with a great array of scientific instruments, medical and botanical models for teaching... More 

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Oundle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

A small museum but a Must Visit. Interesting exhibits explained by friendly and knowledgeable curators.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

I wanted to like this museum more than I did. There is so much to enjoy in this rather quaint, scientific, museum set in the heart of Cambridge. The exhibits are wonderful and unusual but what I found to be a huge drawback is the lack of information. Time and time again I was looking at lovely scientific exhibits only... More 

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