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Welcome to the Museum of the History of Science



The lift is currently out of action. The Museum apologises for any inconvenience this causes.
We are currently looking into the most appropriate long-term solution to accessibility in the Museum, and while we work to improve the situation we will be posting regular updates. (Notice posted 11/02/2017)

Wednesday 5 April Opening Hours

The Museum will open at 1pm on Wednesday 5 April due to staff training.

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 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

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