Plan your visit

Christmas opening hours

We will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. 

Opening hours

We are open Tuesday to Sunday, 12 to 5pm. 

Entry is free, please donate £5.

Groups of 10 or more should book in advance.

Explore the Museum with a private guided tours.

How to get here

We're based in the heart of the centre of Oxford, next to the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street. It's a 14-minute walk from the train station.



Find us

History of Science Museum

Broad Street




Contact us

+44 1865 277 293


(Click the map above for a larger version.) 

Daytime parking in central Oxford is limited; the city encourages use of its Park & Ride car parks on each of the main roads into the city, with frequent bus services into the centre. The Museum is unable to provide parking facilities for visiting school groups. Coaches are able to drop off and pick up in Broad Street. Using the Park & Ride is normally advisable for minibuses.


There is lift access to the basement galleries (including the Special Exhibition Gallery) for those who need level access, but not pushchairs. The lift can be accessed in the Sheldonian Yard through the gate to the left of the Museum. Please get in touch if you would like more information when planning a visit requiring disabled access by emailing us at or by telephone on 01865 277 293.

Find out more from the University's Access Guide.

Explore the Museum

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Floor plan

The Museum is based in the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building (completed in 1683). Spread over three floors, our collections cover a wide breadth of scientific instruments throughout the ages.

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Mobile app: Pocket Curator

Unlock the secrets of some of the fascinating scientific instruments on display in the Museum. Listen to revealing stories from the curator, watch fascinating animations and video explanations, and try some of the instruments yourself to understand how they work.

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