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. 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
    17
    Nov
    2018
    1 - 4 pm

    Dissect eyeballs and carry out curious visual experiments to investigate and understand how we see.

    Drop-in, ages 9+

  • Thu
    22
    Nov
    2018
    6:00 pm

    Dr Patricia Fara (University of Cambridge) discusses the pivotal roles of women scientists during the First World War, and how their efforts contributed to the war outcome and the Votes for Women movement.

    Booking required via Eventbrite. Bookings will open on 1 October.

  • Thu
    06
    Dec
    2018
    6:00 pm

    Prime numbers have intrigued, inspired and infuriated mathematicians for millennia and yet mathematicians' difficulty with answering simple questions about them reveals their depth and subtlety.

    In this talk, which shares its title with her recent book, Vicky will describe recent progress towards proving the famous Twin Primes Conjecture and the very different ways in which these breakthroughs have been made - a solo mathematician working in isolation, a young mathematician displaying creativity at the start of a career, and a large collaboration that reveals much about how mathematicians go about their work.

    Vicky Neale is the Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford and a Supernumerary Fellow at Balliol College.  Her job is to be enthusiastic about mathematics with undergraduates, school students, and the wider public.  Her first book "Closing the Gap: the quest to understand prime numbers" was published in October 2017.

    Booking required via Eventbrite. Booking will open on 1 November.

  • Sat
    15
    Dec
    2018
    2 - 4 pm

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

    Drop-in, ages 7-13.

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