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.

 

Current Vacancy

The Museum is seeking to appoint a Head of Public Engagement and Programmes.

Upcoming Events

  • Thu
    31
    May
    2018
    Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018
    12 - 4 pm

    Imagine early voyages of exploration with maps, globes and hands-on navigational instruments.(more…)

  • Tue
    05
    Jun
    2018
    6:00 pm

    Professor Christopher Kennard (Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences) has spent a lifetime studying the visual system. In this talk he reveals how easily it can play tricks with our mind.(more…)

  • Tue
    12
    Jun
    2018
    6:00 pm

    Drawing on stories of science and exploration this multimedia performance combines Dr Emily Hayes’ (Oxford Brookes University) research into the history of the Royal Geographical Society with the spoken word, projected and animated images, and musical accompaniment to explore the magic lantern’s role in the creation of environmental knowledge.(more…)

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018
    2 - 4 pm

    Explore science and medicine in the early Islamic world with activities and games.(more…)

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