Museum of the History of Science

At the original site of the Ashmolean, the Museum of the History of Science is one of the city’s key museums, housing important collections of over 20,000 scientific and mechanical objects.

It features a wide variety of artefacts, a world-renowned collection of late antique and medieval astrolabes, sundials, quadrants, early mathematical instruments, optical instruments, telescopes and other fascinating objects from medieval, Renaissance, and early-modern Europe, associated with astronomy, chemistry, natural philosophy, medicine, navigation, geometry, surveying, and more, for all to view today, from antiquity through to the early 21st century.

Right next door to the Sheldonian Theatre and across the street from Blackwell’s Bookshop, you can’t miss this Museum.  It also has a unique reference library for the study of the history of scientific instruments that includes manuscripts, prints, early photographic material, and much more.

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