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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%
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Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
+44 1865 277280
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Magnificent medieval building housing an eccentric collection of largely ancient scientific instruments. Astrolabes, globes and microscopes are to the fore. Its all a bit dusty and old-fashioned, but for a free attraction, in a grandiose setting, to complain is churlish.

Thank SB01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very small museum that has a handful of artifacts that are worth seeing. I enjoyed seeing Marconi’s wireless, a chalkboard Einstein used for a talk, and the fragments of Babbage’s Difference Engine. If you’re a science geek, go for it. Pretty remarkable...More

Thank gosaka
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have taken my two boys to many, many museums, and on the whole they love them. So I was surprised that they found this one so disappointing, though even as an adult, I found it 'dry'. The building is attractive and my younger son...More

Thank Agatha D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small exhibit. Only took 30 mins to see anything. Historically interesting to see a blackboard used by Einstein during a lecture at Oxford University re the expanding university. There are also bed pans from the original work on penicillin. Not much else of note though

Thank drnat07
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were so lucky when have a change to visit this place and accompanied by Dr Stephen Johnston, deputy director. He was explained us detailed about the collection ( unfortunately not all due to limited time). Visit this museum and join the regular guided tour...More

Thank masrura
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Having researched our trip to Oxford and the museums we would be going to imagine our surprise at not having noticed the existence of this museum until we walked past it on our way to the Natural History Museum! We made sure to come back...More

1  Thank MattyLion
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Very nice , interesting museum. My 11 year old daughter really enjoyed, she finds it very educational and historical. Would visit again when my 3 year old get a bit older .

Thank Enkhtuya D
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

After our tour of Oxford University as a storied academic institution, it seemed fitting that we visit the Museum of The History of Science. It's an excellent free attraction that houses the original blackboard that Einstein used to explain the Theory of Relativity. My son...More

Thank SMO2015
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

Unlike many museums in London that are overwhelmingly huge, this is a small museum, which I like. This could be a nice 1 hour stop during your day out in Oxford. You will be in awe of the precise metal instruments used around the world...More

Thank keywonc
Reviewed 24 September 2017

What can I say... the leadlight windows that adorned the walls of the stairwells added value to the museum. From such basic instruments so much was discovered, it was fantastic to see that we don't need all this technology to make discoveries and create inventions...More

Thank Toni G
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