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Museum of the History of Science

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Address: Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
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+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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Fascinating

We enjoyed looking around this museum, plenty to see. Fascinating items to look at. Loved the creaky floorboards!!!!

Reviewed October 27, 2015
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Northamptonshire
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Reviewed October 31, 2015

This was my first visit as a tourist to Oxford. It won't be my last due to hidden gems like this museum. The scientific equipment on show is fascinating. Such delicate items that have been cared for by generations. I loved the compasses, the astrological interpretations of the planet's around our Sun, the early globes were breath taking.

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Radstock, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2015

We just happened to call in as there was an exhibition on and we thought we would take advantage of our visit to see it. It is a fascinating building and the displays are well thought out and easy to see. Very enjoyable.

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Bath
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Reviewed October 27, 2015

We enjoyed looking around this museum, plenty to see. Fascinating items to look at. Loved the creaky floorboards!!!!

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Thank Maureen1955
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed October 17, 2015

Had some very fascinating displays on an expansive variety of scientific equipment and measurement devices, but the museum itself seemed a bit small. Essentially three different (albeit large) rooms as well as a special exhibit section. Still some very interesting pieces of 17th Century and on scientific equipment, like compasses and meters, and more.

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

I was deeply dissapointed with this museum. I had hopes it would be a small scale version of the museum in London much like the History Museum was but unless you like globes or compasses there really wasn't anything to see. The museum also showed a lot of glass chemistry equipment which i think i could of found in a... More 

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Thank R D
Public_Engagement, Public Relations Manager at Museum of the History of Science, responded to this review

Sorry to hear that you didn't get anything out of your visit to the Museum. We are currently working on plans for the interpretation of our collection and will bear in mind the comments in reviews here. It is worth noting that the Museum is a history museum rather than a science museum, so takes a different approach to the... More 

Letchworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

Lots and lots of compasses!.. some interesting information that is well displayed over three floors. Especially interesting display of medical equipment, just a shame there wasn't more of it. More varid displays with more information would make the experience so much better.

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Thank VeggieMandi
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Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

This museum has lots of interesting artefacts but when I go to a museum I want to leave having learnt something but this museum doesn't teach you anything of value. I am sure the academics of Oxford like looking at the artefacts of the past but maybe share the knowledge a bit more to make this worth a visit.

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Thank Peter D
Public_Engagement, Public Relations Manager at Museum of the History of Science, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We are looking at how our presentation and interpretation of the collection might be improved, so we will bear in mind your comments as part of this. More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 29, 2015

I sent the day visiting the museums in Oxford - The Natural History / Pitt Rivers and The Ashmolean all of which are stunning. This museum however is small and disappointing, however if you are a scientist, you may find it all interesting. It is very nicely set up I should add however, but it is very small and I... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to review the museum, and I'm sorry to hear that you were disappointed by your visit. Unlike art and natural history, some of the scientific material can be less immediately accessible without some prior knowledge of its use or subject. Nonetheless your great photographs show how some of the objects are beautiful in their own... More 

Droitwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 16, 2015

Take advantage of any opportunity to visit, a beautiful building with fascinating artefacts. So many things to see!

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Dover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 16, 2015

This is just a collection of scientific instruments. It is not clear how these instruments contributed to the history of science.

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