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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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Great small museum full of curiosities

Tells a great tale of the fashions in pre-modern scientific research using scientific artefacts of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Treasure trove of scientific paraphernalia

The Whipple Museum was the place I most wanted to visit at Cambridge University. Admission is free... read more

Reviewed 30 November 2017
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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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.
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Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, England
+44 1223 330906
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tells a great tale of the fashions in pre-modern scientific research using scientific artefacts of the eras. It really gives you a feel for the development of science through the ages and also on how similar modern scientific teachings are with more historic teachings, using...More

Thank Iorweth
Reviewed 30 November 2017

The Whipple Museum was the place I most wanted to visit at Cambridge University. Admission is free. It's a bit hard to find because it is on a small lane and the entrance is inconspicuous. The reception area does not make a "big" impression: it's...More

Thank Northern_Ibis
Reviewed 13 November 2017

A fascinating specialist museum with an interesting, but eclectic range of exhibits largely relating to measurement. Interesting eclipse recording instruments and a display of calculators. Helpful staff

Thank Madalyn H
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We enjoyed visiting the Whipple Museum, especially because of the excellent docent who gave us a tour and explained all of the many scientific instruments and devices. Great displays, good explanations of the uses of the scientific devices.

Thank seattlefoodlover2016
Reviewed 2 September 2017

The Whipple is a great visit for those with a general interest in science. The display cards are always informative though sometimes a bit brief. I'm still puzzled about how to use an astrolabe to determine latitude. The collection of microscopes is fascinating.

Thank Bob2885
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Interesting selection of scientific instruments, and (when we visited) a exhibition of globes. I never thought globes could be so interesting.

Thank TWinster13
Reviewed 19 August 2017

the family and me visited the whipple museum on our week in cambridge and this was really one of the best bits of the whole time there. its a good set of instruments and bits and pieces that they have here but most of all...More

2  Thank alhiggs
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

The Whipple museum is an interesting place to see some of the historical instruments used in science and it's discoveries. Charles Darwin features with his microscope. Worth the visit.

Thank ianwebb75
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We visited as a group to the Whipple Museum of the History of Science. Upon arriving, our mentors have already made a reservation to this museum and several different groups were also arriving at the same time. Although pricing was free, a reservation is definitely...More

1  Thank Justin9127
Rosanna E, Learning Co-ordinator and Collections Assistant at Whipple Museum of the History of Science, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Hi Justin, We're really sorry that your group had a bad experience when you came to the Whipple - we've never had this problem before and wholeheartedly apologise! We are a small museum and to accommodate more people would break health and safety procedure, so...More

Reviewed 15 August 2017

The Cambridge museums have arranged a collaborative season of activities. This science based activity was ideal for seven year old and nine year old grandchildren.

Thank nicholaswalks
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