History of Science Museum

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Broad Street

  • General phone number: 01865 277293

The History of Science Museum houses the world's finest collection of early scientific instruments from Europe and the Islamic World, including sundials and astrolabes of extraordinary beauty. More modern objects include microscopes, scientific models, photographic and wireless equipment – and a blackboard still bearing calculations by Albert Einstein. The entire collection of the History of Science Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Sunday: 12:00 - 17:00 Closed on Monday.




  • National Art Pass

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Library with public access
  • Wi-fi available
  • Meeting room available

Facilities information:

Our library is open to the public by appointment.


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • General audio-guide available
  • Guided tours
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • General guide to collections available
  • Foreign language audio guide available
  • Online shop
  • Community outreach programme/service
  • Online teaching materials available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available

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