Welcome to the Museum of the History of Science

Christmas Opening Times

Saturday 22 December open 12-5pm
Sunday 23 December open 12-5pm
Monday 24 Christmas Eve closed
Tuesday 25 Christmas Day closed
Wednesday 26 Boxing Day closed
Thursday 27 December open 12-5pm
Friday 28 December open 12-5pm
Saturday 29 December open 12-5pm
Sunday 30 December open 12-5pm
Monday 31 New Year’s Eve closed
Tuesday 1 New Year’s Day closed
Wednesday 2 January open 12-5pm


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

  • Sat
    2 - 4 pm

    Follow your stars, make an amazing star dial or paper plate planetarium.

    Drop-in, ages 7-13.

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