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Let out your inner science geek at the Museum of the History of Science, which houses an unparalleled collection of 10,000 scientific instruments. From medieval times to the 19th century, there is something here to intrigue everyone. Housed in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, the architecture of the Old Ashmolean building is just as fascinating as the collection inside it. From Lewis Caroll’s photographic kit to Einstien’s theory of relativity written by the man himself, you will spend the hours being amazed and enthralled! Highlights include Brunel’s sextant, a sundial dating back to Roman times, and the original equipment that made penicillin!

There is everything from quadrants and astrolabes to microscopes and manuscripts. The museum features exhibits on early mathematical exhibits, optical instruments, chemistry, natural philosophy and medicine, and so much more! The museum also houses a reference library that includes manuscripts and early photographic items about the early history of scientific instruments. Visitors are welcomed into the museum with gallery tours, table talks, and public lectures to truly integrate you into the history and science.


Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ
Tel: 01865 277280
Times: Monday, Closed
Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 5pm
Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, 2pm – 5pm