Here at the History of Science Museum we're home to an unrivalled collection of scientific inventions, devices, and instruments from different cultures, places, and times in human history.
Where are we?
What are we all about?
- Reveal Beauty
- Highlight Ingenuity
- Inspire Curiosity
- Explore the connections between people, science, art, and belief
- Give voice to the histories that our collections can tell
- Share the stories of science in Oxford
Established in 1924 as the Lewis Evans Collection, the Museum opened to the public one year later in 1925.
Robert Gunther and Lewis Evans were the driving forces behind the Museum’s creation. Evans donated his scientific instrument collection and Gunther, a scientist, campaigned for their display.
Together our diverse collection and historic building occupy a special place, both in the study of the history of science and in the development of Western culture and collecting.
Our Museum preserves the objects, instruments, writings, and materials scientists have created to tame, travel, and transform the world around them.
As a department of the University of Oxford, we present these inspiring stories of science to visitors, and make the collections available to historians for study.
- early mathematical instruments
together with scientific apparatus associated with:
and our famous Einstein's Blackboard.
The Museum's unique reference library on the history of scientific instruments includes:
- early photographic material.
If you're curious to know more, you can:
- tour our online galleries
- search the online Collections Databases
- book a research visit
- plan your visit if you're in Oxford.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Take a look at our Annual Reviews:
History of Science Museum
Phone: +44 (0)1865 277293
Phone: +44 (0)1865 277 296