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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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Free entrance and a good selection of exhibits well laid out with detailed explanations very interesting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
bobrcdavis
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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Hampshire, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum had all kinds of beautiful scientific instruments and equipment. It shows a time when before science was "sterile" and when the makers of precision instruments were artisans. Many lovely astrolabes, globes, etc. But it is a bit of a specialised interest. The displays are quite old fashioned and there is probably not enough "contextualisation" to really do the... More 

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Wicklow, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is full of all kinds of items: astrolabes for navigation -tiny feats of early engineering and beautiful too: engraved and intricate. A blackboard, preserved with Einstein's lesson in chalk. Even if you have no particular interest in science and its history, you;ll find something here to enjoy. Central location opposite Blackwell's Bookshop on The Broad and highly recommended.

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to go and view some of the great ideas and inventions undertaken by our forefathers. Could spend many hours here

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southampton
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum was very small and quite dark. Bit disappointed as it wasnt what we expected. Free entry. Would take 30 mins to an hour to visit.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Housed in a beautiful ancient building and tons of scientific instruments, astrolobes, clocks, sundials, globes. Even the blackboard Einstein used when at Oxford. Free entrance and a world of science, well explained and docents to explain anything that you have a question about. Small different gift shop. Worth a visit.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Free entrance and a good selection of exhibits well laid out with detailed explanations very interesting.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

We have walked past this building a few times but this time noticed a sign for this museum. Very helpful staff showed told us about free wifi and the app that would help our self-guided tour. Not a big place but absolutely fascinating. Some great exhibits.

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Langdon Hills, Essex
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Was looking forward to visiting this museum, but was disappointed that there were no real descriptions or displays showing how the instruments were used and what they were used for. There were a lot of different instruments from all ages, many of them made to exacting precision and detail for their time, but no real idea of how they changed... More 

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Thank RussShaw
Robyn H, Public Relations Manager at Museum of the History of Science, responded to this review

Dear Russ, Thank you for your feedback, I am glad you enjoyed the collection. We agree that our objects have wonderful and often world changing stories to tell, and as we work towards the re-interpretation of our collection I will ensure your feedback is taken into account. Robyn Haggard Public Engagement Officer More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

I had forgotten I had seen this online until walking past so popped in. Very friendly and helpful staff and quite a bit to see. Probably a bit to specialised for some.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

You cannot visit Oxford without going to this museum. It has the most incredible collection of scientific instruments. The blackboard Einstein wrote out formulae on has pride of place on the wall upstairs.

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