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“A treasure trove of scientific instruments”

Museum of the History of Science
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$61.54*
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Full-Day Tour of Windsor, Eton and Oxford from London
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$77.96*
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Oxford, Stratford and the Cotswold Villages Day Trip from London
Ranked #23 of 183 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.
Reviewed September 11, 2013

This is a great museum and is the second time we have visited. On the first occasion there was a table talk about an astrolabe owned by Elizabeth I. We were impressed with the large number of beautiifully-made instruments housed in wooden boxes. Take the time to visit and come back again-there's plenty to see.

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Reviewed September 11, 2013

You need to have an interest in Science to enjoy this one but it is not big enough to take a lot of your time and so it is worth a drop-in while passing in Oxford.

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Reviewed September 7, 2013

There was outside construction work happening at the time we visited. However that did not pose any issues for visiting. But it prevented us from seeing the facade of the museum. This contained the iconic board where Einstein had written his famous formula when he visited Oxford which was very inspiring to my children. It sort of heightened the atmosphere built by Oxford already. The museum was a treasure trove of chronologically organised items of science. The Royal Astronomy section in particular was of immense interest where we saw the Fromanteel clock the spherical astrolabe etc. The Roman sundial was a hanging dial.

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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Our tour guide was welcoming, friendly, funny and hugely knowledgeable. A great little museum for gadget-geeks like my husband and me.

Thank oc3anz
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We were advised that Einstein's backboard was on display by a tour guide. There is a lot of building work going on at the front of it but it is still worth a visit. It was rather small and limited but still worth a visit.

Thank CJHols
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