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Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, England
+44 1223 330906
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Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Open 12.30pm to 4.30pm. Focuses on Instruments of astronomy, navigation, surveying, drawing and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
BobbyGentry
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Nanjing, China
via mobile
Go with low expectations

As a history of science enthusiast, I was too excited to go see this museum. It's fine. It has some... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Saavik F
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New York City, New York
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Founded as a University Museum in 1944, this diverse collection covers all branches of science and features a comprehensive collection of scientific instruments that were used from the 16th century to the present.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good44%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 12:30 - 16:30
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Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Open 12.30pm to 4.30pm. Focuses on Instruments of astronomy, navigation, surveying, drawing and calculating, sundials, mathematical instruments and early electrical apparatus from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Hands on activities available for younger children.

Thank BobbyGentry
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a history of science enthusiast, I was too excited to go see this museum. It's fine. It has some interesting artifacts. It isn't well laid out, and it doesn't have *a lot* of interesting artifacts, especially given that the Cavendish used to be next...More

Thank Saavik F
Reviewed 11 June 2017

interesting mechanical clocks and instruments, a view over the progress of science through the years. I find these old instruments fascinating, thinking of all the ingenuity and knowledge of the subject matter involved.

Thank trekkerUKscott
Reviewed 16 May 2017

I viewed this museum directly after being in the Fitzwilliam Museum and I'm sorry to say that the quality of the information in the Whipple Museum is markedly poorer. This said, it is still a very interesting museum. I didn't see it at its best...More

Thank Edmund R
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Admittedly, the Whipple might be a little geeky for those not particularly interested in scientific instruments. Personally, I rather loved it. Lots of Victorian brass instruments, microscopes, telescopes, astrolabes. I had never seen an electron microscope up close or so many globes until I visited...More

Thank DordogneAnglais
Reviewed 22 February 2017

A nice collection and well presented. I prefer the museum in Oxford, but this is a contender. If you are interested in Cambridge science, take one of the walking tours focusing on historic locations.

Thank mt499
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Free to enter interesting collection of scientific instruments and models invented over several centuries, from telescopes to calculators to solar system models. Lots of drawers full of further samples, very interesting and educational.

Thank House-n-wheels
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Lovely, quaint museum with all kinds of history of science treasures. Plenty of telescopes. Horses' dentures. You name it. Some things could do with more informative labelling.

Thank Danny550
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Having only lived in he Cambridge area for 30 years (!) I couldnt believe no-one had told me about this gem of a museum before! Although its far from the biggest museum its packed with fascinating displays and objects, I could have spent all day...More

Thank Alex H
Reviewed 7 January 2017

This is a small, free-to-visit, family friendly museum on Free School Lane in Cambridge. It contains thousands of scientific instruments and models, built on the collection donated to Cambridge University by R.S. Whipple over 50 years ago and added to, with intelligence and selectivity, up...More

Thank DannyMcC_13
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