Welcome to the Museum of the History of Science

Notice

We are improving the gallery lighting in the Museum. To do this safely we will be closing the Basement Gallery on weekdays (Tuesday – Friday) until Friday 5 October. This also means that access via our lift will not be possible on these dates. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this causes. The Basement Gallery will be open as normal on Saturdays and Sundays.

MHS houses an unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, the Old Ashmolean on Broad Street, Oxford. We are both a department of the University of Oxford and an active public museum, offering a programme of family-friendly events, gallery tours, talks and much more, along with taught sessions for schools.

Visits to the Museum by groups of more than 15 should be booked in advance by using the group visits booking form.

For an introduction to the Museum and its collections, come along to one of our regular tours. Led by our award-winning volunteer guides, they usually take place every Thursday at 2.30pm and 3.15pm and every Saturday at 12.30pm and 1.15pm.

For those unable to come to Oxford we produce online versions of our exhibitions, along with standalone online resources and a web version of our collections database. For the latest additions to this site you can subscribe to our newsfeed. General Newsfeed for the Museum of the History of Science

To support the Museum’s broad range of work, please consider making a donation.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Wed
    26
    Sep
    2018
    12.30 - 1 pmBasement Gallery

    Join us for a staff-led tour of our Women in Science programme and discover how women have been involved in science for hundreds of years as astronomers, mathematicians, instrument makers, and merchants.

    For the Women in Science programme of events.

  • Thu
    27
    Sep
    2018
    6-7pm

    Ada, Countess of Lovelace, is sometimes called the world’s first computer programmer and has become an icon for women in technology. But how did a young woman in the 19th century, without access to formal school or university education, acquire the knowledge and expertise to become a pioneer of computer science?

    Ursula Martin is a professor at the University of Oxford whose research interests span mathematics, computer science and the humanities. She recently wrote Ada Lovelace, the Making of a Computer Scientist with Christopher Hollings and Adrian Rice. It is the first popular account of the scientific and mathematical education of Ada Lovelace.

    Booking will open on Monday 27 August. Please book via our Eventbrite Page.

    For the Women in Science programme of events.

  • Fri
    12
    Oct
    2018
    6.30–7.10pm and 8.30–9.10pm

    Frankenstein is revived in a contemporary performance adaptation of this classic novel. 200 years after the publication of Mary Shelley’s book a researcher travels to the frozen south, where the ice is thawing and science is still grappling with the problem of death.

    Booking required: www.if-oxford.com

    For the IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival

  • Fri
    12
    Oct
    2018
    7.45pm and 8pm

    Drop into the Museum for ten-minute flash talks on the early history of the Old Ashmolean building and the science that inspired Frankenstein.

    For the IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival

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