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Museum of the History of Science

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
+44 1865 277280
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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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  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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"scientific instruments"
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"black board"
in 6 reviews
"three floors"
in 18 reviews
"worth a visit"
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"on display"
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"free entry"
in 21 reviews
"interesting collection"
in 10 reviews
"interesting items"
in 5 reviews
"special exhibition"
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"sheldonian theatre"
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"broad street"
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"beautiful building"
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"blackboard"
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"equipment"
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"einstein"
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"astrolabes"
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Reviewed yesterday

Everything about this museum fits its scope and makes it unique. The collection of astrolabes is second to none, the array of instruments runs from the gross (autopsy tools) to the sublime (16th-century pocket sundials), and of course there's Einstein's preserved chalkboard in the basement....More

Thank Louise B
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was free and had a couple of cool items like Einstein’s blackboard from a lecture. But it also had a crazy amount of other items that were identified but has no indication how they were used. I have a PhD and left feeling pretty...More

Thank Hylocichla
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Reviewed 1 week ago

From the outside it looks very impressive and the architecture of the building itself is an attraction. The museum of history and science holds a lot of pieces given its size! It is quite 'cosy' so i don't think i would recommend it to wheelchair...More

1  Thank 281monikah
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is tiny. It has three floors, and is not a great deal bigger than a large house. You can get a good feel for it in an hour. But I will bet you feel you want to go back. The two upper floors...More

Thank Steve H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With it being free, excellent value. There were a lot of unique exhibits on display, including Einstein's blackboard (with his writing still on). Unfortunately we seemed to visit in between special exhibits. Still worth going along just for the standard exhibits though. Original ideas in...More

Thank Dolemite600
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best thing about it is that it is free. However if you have mobility issues, dont bother. There are stairs to climb and to be honest I did not find it of interest. There is Einsteins original blackboard on the lower ground floor, but difficult...More

Thank susan k
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Staff were very helpful and full of knowledge. On learning we were from Australia, staff immediately pointed us in the direction of exhibits that may be particularly relevant. I was most excited to find the skull of Phineas Gage. Einstein's chalkboard was interesting and I...More

Thank HarveyGemma
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth spending a couple of hours here, with or without an interest in science. We found the basement area particularly interesting, make sure you see Einstein's blackboard.!

Thank matthewsgrandad
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Free to enter which is rare in Oxford. Great collection of globes and navigational equipment and scientific instruments

Thank weekendescapes906
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

You’ve probably never heard of this museum before, and although it’s not big and grand like the Ashmolean or insanely eccentric like the Pitt Rivers, it’s still a great little museum! Best collection of scientific instruments I’ve seen only after the Galileo Museum in Florence....More

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