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.
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.