Museum of the History of Science

By Renato
Museu da História da Ciência
Broad StreetOxford - Oxfordshire (UK) (OX1 3AZ)
Phone: 01865 277280
Price: Free
Opening Times:
Tu, Su: 12:00 - 17:00

The Museum of History of Science preserves the material relics of past science and possesses an unrivaled collection of primitive and historical scientific instruments. With about 20,000 objects covering virtually every aspect of the history of science, from antiquity to the beginning of the 20th century, however, not all objects are on display.

The most special objects include collections of astrolabees, sundials, quadrants, early mathematical instruments (including those used for surveying, drawing, calculating, astronomy and navigation) and optical instruments (including microscopes, telescopes and cameras) along with Apparatus associated with chemistry, Philosophy and medicine. In addition, it has a library for the study of the history of scientific instruments and includes manuscripts, incunabula, prints, printed ephemera and early photographic material. You can download the Museum Map to guide your visit.

The First Museum of the World

The Museum of Science History Building is the former building of the Ashmolean Museum. This building had its construction completed in 1683 and is considered to be the oldest open-air museum in history. Today the Ashmolean Museum is in a new location. Only in 1924 with the present to the University of the Lewis Evans Collection (1853-1930) the museum began to make its current role as a museum that tells the history of science by Robert T. Gunther (1869-1940) his first curator.


Know the details of this Museum

For a more detailed introduction to the Museum and its collections, the museum offers a guided tour by award-winning volunteers, they usually take place every Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., and every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Audio Guided Tour

My tour of the Museum

The tour of the museum is quite pleasant, especially for those who have some knowledge in science and technology. I’ve always been very passionate about astronomy and stories of the lip star and how the ancients watched the sky. In this museum we get an idea of how these observations worked. A series of equipment and objects illustrate the difficulty of observations in antiquity. The Museum is not very big, so in about 1 hour you can see the whole museum quite calmly.


Viajar é conhecer lugares diferentes. Nossa proposta não é apenas viajar para os locais, é ir além. É passar um período maior, interagir com as pessoas da cidade e sentir a cultura e o dia a dia de cada local. Da lista de países que conheci, optei por morar em alguns lugares para vivenciar a experiência com mais profundidade e poder compartilhar com mais detalhes e exatidão além de descobrir os segredos de cada local, não se limitando aos pontos turísticos mais famosos.

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