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“Interesting old science equipment”

Museum of the History of Science
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Full-Day Tour of Windsor, Eton and Oxford from London
Ranked #24 of 174 things to do in Oxford
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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.
Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Interesting old science equipment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

Albert Einsteins Black board is located there! It's a museum which contains a lot of older science equipment which was used during the 1920s and 1930s. Old time machines and old medical instruments in addition to test glasses and pistons. Worth going there! It's an very old building, not that large but a few stairs to walk up and down. It is owned by the University of Oxford and is free to go and see for anyone. It has some exhibitions. When I was there, they had an exhibition about the Brain, facts and new research info. They also have a cool gift shop where you can buy all kinds of stuff related to science and research.

Visited April 2013
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“easily missed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

worth going in just to see the building, particularly the old chemistry lab downstairs. Einstein's blackboard is there too.

Visited April 2013
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“Love science? Love history?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

This is an amazing little museum. Especially if you are both a lover of science and history. It is a place to see instruments of science that are both beautiful in appearance and relevant to scientific discovery. They also tend to have activities for children on the weekends. Last time I was there they had people in period costumes doing all kinds of demonstrations for kids.

Visited April 2013
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“Cool place! Fascinating collection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

Really interesting collection. Lots of mathematical instruments, navigational, measuring, photographing, counting tools from the middle ages (Middle Eastern, European & Asian) onwards with explanations. The best bit is the cellar, where there is scientific equipment and telescopes, Marconi's equipment, Nellie Melba's microphone, all sorts of stuff. There is Einstein's blackboard with his equation for the measure of expansion in the universe from a series of lectures he gave in 1931. There was a mini exhibit on the brain with some fun activities for little kids. Well worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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“An unexpected treasure-trove”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

Despite the rather uninviting exterior with a flight of steps up to the entrance, I found this museum fascinating. Unfortunately, I could not face more stairs so, on this occasion, I browsed only the entrance gallery with its outstanding collection of astronomical instruments, some unique. One surprise was the case of Netsuke, illustrating diverse medical procedures as well as breast-feeding positions and skeletal remains. The display cabinets have an "old-fashioned" appearance - but this is in keeping with the building.

Visited April 2013
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