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.

 

Current Vacancy

The Museum is looking for a Collections Project Officer — Esmée Fairbairn Project.

Upcoming Events

  • Thu
    18
    Jan
    2018
    18:00 - 19:00

    Anna Dumitriu and Dr John Paul (Public Health England) have collaborated over a 13 year period. Dr Paul presents and celebrates their microbiological work and its impact.

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  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    14:00 - 14:45

    Visit BioArt and Bacteria with the artist Anna Dumitriu and see the creative process behind the exhibition.

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  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018
    12:00 - 16:00

    Make a working Chinese dragon fire-clock to celebrate Chinese New Year. Try it out at home!

    Drop-in, ages 7+, materials donation £3

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

    Tuberculosis still kills more people each year than any other germ. Where has it been? How is it evading treatment? And how can we eliminate it? Dr Timothy Walker (Nuffield Department of Medicine) will discuss how its DNA holds some vital clues.

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