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Museum of the History of Science
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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.
London, United Kingdom
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“Brief visit”
Reviewed May 5, 2013

Wish I had more time I only managed to visit for about half an hour. if science interests you give yourself lots of time. Ancient pieces! The displays give one a lot of information.

Visited May 2013
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“Fascinating look into the history of scientific study”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

We only discovered the Museum of the History of Science by chance, as we were waiting for a tour of the Bodleian Library. The History of Science Museum is next to the Sheldonian Theatre, which you will recognise by its imposing 13 Sheldonian 'herms' or sculptures (we only saw the outside of the theatre).

It has quite a non-distinct entrance which we only discovered by chance because of an exhibition it was advertising.

This place was fascinating! Because we were booked for a 4 o'clock tour at the library we did not have time to explore more than the entrance/foyer and basement but these floors alone provided plenty of interesting exhibits. One of the most famous is a blackboard used by Einstein, but we also saw Lewis Carroll's camera box, various examples of telescopes and Dame Nellie Melba's microphone - among many other fascinating items.

Entry is free. Allow an hour to properly explore. Also check out the Museum's website, which includes details of upcoming events (lectures and exhibitions), podcasts and numerous online exhibits that support the Museum's actual exhibits.

Well worth a visit.

Visited May 2013
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Berlin, Germany
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“Interesting old science equipment”
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”
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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Love science? Love history?”
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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