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Current Exhibitions

Self Portrait Colour Photograph of and by Sarah Acland. She sits in the foreground on a chair and is holding her guitar.  It has been taken outside.

Self Portrait Colour Photograph of Sarah Acland with her Portuguese Guitar, Early 20th Century

Basement Gallery
March – December 2018

Women have always had a pivotal role in the scientific world.

This display celebrates eight women, from the 1700s to the present day, who have contributed to our knowledge of the universe. From a Nobel Prize winner to ‘The Queen of Nineteenth Century Science’, discover someone who inspires you.


Online Exhibitions

The Museum has been creating virtual versions of exhibitions since 1995:

ANNA DUMITRIU: BioArt and Bacteria

Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria

Back from the Dead

Back from the Dead


Dear Harry

Geek is Good

Geek is Good

In Print

In Print

Natural Histories

Natural Histories

Revealing The Brain

Let’s Get Physical


Fancy Names & Fun Toys

The Renaissance in Astronomy




Elliott Brothers

Elliott Brothers

Hand with Meteor

Anvilled Stars

Al-Mizan: Sciences and Arts in the Islamic World


Steampunk photo from the opening


Compass and Rule: Architecture as Mathematical Practice in England, 1500-1750

Compass and Rule

Telescopes Now: real stories of astronomy today

Telescopes Now

Heaven on Earth: Missionaries and the Mathematical Arts in 17th-century Beijing

Heaven on Earth

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Scientific Instrument Society

SIS 25

Moonscope: lunar drawings amd watercolours


Time & Place

Small Worlds

Science in Islam

Wireless World: Marconi & the making of radio

Wireless World

The Astrolabe, East and West

The Astrolabe, East and West

Astrolabes of Africa exhibition

Astrolabes of Africa

Bye Bye Blackboard ... from Einstein and others

Bye Bye Blackboard

Titan: a new world explored

Titan: a new world explored

Drug Trade: Therapy, pharmacy and commerce in early-modern Europe

Drug Trade

The Transits of Venus: A collaborative project exploring the global quest to discover the dimensions of the solar system.

The Transits of Venus

The Most Noble Problem in Nature: An MHS exhibition on the 18th-century transits of Venus

The Most Noble Problem in Nature

Star Holder: The Lives of the Astrolabe

Star Holder

Solomon’s House in Oxford: New Finds from the First Museum

Solomon’s House in Oxford

Susan Derges : Natural Magic

Natural Magic

Cosmographia: a Close Encounter


Epact : Scientific Instruments of Medieval and Renaissance Europe


Lines of Faith: Instruments and Religious Practice in Islam

Lines of Faith

The Garden, the Ark, the Tower, the Temple

Garden, Ark, Tower, Temple

Cameras: the Technology of Photographic Imaging


George Graham and Bill Gates: A Study in Architectural Dominance

George Graham and Bill Gates

The Noble Dane: Images of Tycho Brahe

Images of Tycho Brahe

The Geometry of War, 1500-1750

The Geometry of War

The Measurers: a Flemish Image of Mathematics in the Sixteenth Century

The Measurers

Early Photographs from the Museum’s Collection

Early Photographs

The Oxford Virtual Science Walk

Oxford Virtual Science Walk