Welcome to the Museum of the History of Science

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.

 

For LGBT History Month we have replaced a number of our current labels with community-written text from the Out in Oxford booklet.

The original Out in Oxford booklet (launched for LGBT History Month 2017) was the University’s first cross-collections trail. The trail was funded by the Oxford University Museums Partnership and celebrated diversity and the LGBTQ+ experience. Nearly fifty volunteers who identify as LGBTQ+ or are allies were involved with the project. If you are unable to visit you can read the digital version of the booklet, with an introduction by Stephen Fry, online.

 

 

Current Vacancy

The Museum is seeking to appoint a Digital Projects Officer.

Upcoming Events

  • Thu
    01
    Mar
    2018
    18:00 - 19:00

    An Artist in the Lab

    How can artists and scientists work together to explain the role of infectious diseases and antibiotics in our lives?

    BioArtist Anna Dumitriu and scientist Dr Nicola Fawcett (Nuffield Department of Medicine) will join us at the Museum to discuss their collaborative work, including Ex Voto, and how they reached this stage in their careers.

    This is the final talk for the special exhibition Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria. Don’t miss out on your last chance to talk to the artist!

    Book your free ticket at www.bit.ly/mhs-events

    For International Woman's Day and Votes for Women 1918-2018.

    Part of the special exhibition Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria

     

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018
    14:00 - 16:00

    Find out more about women scientists from the past, from Caroline Herschel - who discovered several comets - to Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, who deciphered the structure of insulin.

    For International Woman's Day and Votes for Women 1918-2018.

    Drop-in, all ages.

  • Thu
    15
    Mar
    2018
    18:00 - 19:00

    Professor Christopher Kennard (Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences) has spent a lifetime studying the visual system. In this talk he reveals how easily it can play tricks with our mind.

    For Brain Awareness Week 2018.

    Tickets will be available from Thursday 1 February. Please book your free ticket through Eventbrite.

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018
    12:00 - 16:00

    Join us for a medically inspired celebration of bacteria and BioArt; talks, hands-on activities and more. Discover the story of penicillin and the miracle of antibiotics. Meet artists and scientists at the cutting edge of medical research.

    For British Science Week 2018.

    Drop-in, all ages.

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