Museum of the History of Science
Oxford OX1 3AZ
The MHS is a small museum with an astonishing collection of historic scientific instruments. It is housed in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, the Old Ashmolean, on Broad Street, Oxford.
On display are objects which cover all aspects of the history of science from antiquity to the early 20th century. These include collections of astrolabes, sundials, quadrants, early mathematical instruments generally (including those used for surveying, drawing, calculating, astronomy and navigation).
There are optical instruments (including microscopes, telescopes and cameras), together with apparatus associated with chemistry, natural philosophy and medicine.
Among many fascinating objects you can see Lewis Carroll’s early photographic equipment, an early piece of Marconi’s radio equipment and a blackboard with some equations written by Einstein on a visit to Oxford in 1931.
Plan Your Visit
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Open all year except Christmas and New Year periods.
Tuesday to Friday: 12:00 – 17:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00
Sunday: 14:00 – 17:00
Please contact the Museum for details by telephone or email.
There are NO toilets or refreshments.
There is a small Museum Shop
Guide files may be downloaded from the Museum website to be replayed on your mobile phone or MP3 player. Go to Web: Audio Guide - Museum of the History of Science
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1865 277 280
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