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Online Exhibitions from the Museum of the History of Science

New Opening Hours for 2015

From 2 January 2015 the Museum’s opening hours have been simplified to:

Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5pm.
The Museum will remain closed on Mondays.

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, table talks and much more, along with taught sessions for schools.

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 take place every Thursday at 2.30 and 3.15pm and every Saturday at 11.15am and 12 noon.

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

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