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About MHS

The Museum of the History of Science

Museum of the History of Science

The Museum of the History of Science 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 an active public museum, offering a programme of public lectures, family-friendly events, gallery tours, table talks and much more, along with taught sessions for schools. As well as our permanent displays, visitors to the Museum enjoy special exhibitions highlighting areas of the collection. For those unable to visit Oxford, online versions of these exhibitions are available, along with podcasts of public lectures, stand-alone online resources and a web version of our collections database.

The Museum of the History of Science is a department of the University of Oxford, working hard to maintain the academic importance of its collection through teaching, research, conservation and interpretation.

A brief history of the museum and details of the collection are available on our Museum History page.