Using our collections

The collections are available only by appointment. Researchers can identify and request objects, books and manuscripts using our online databases. Many of our objects and manuscripts are held offsite and the Museum requires significant advance notice to make these items available for study. The use of the library is restricted. Printed books may be consulted in conjunction with objects and manuscripts or where not otherwise available. Books available in other Oxford libraries should be consulted elsewhere. 


Collections storage

Some of the collections of the History of Science Museum are currently being located at a storage facility outside Oxford. This is a temporary solution while a permanent collections’ research and teaching centre is developed for the University of Oxford’s gardens, libraries and museums.

Due to this, some of the Museum’s stored collections will be less accessible for research, loan and new image photography. If you are interested in a particular object or collection, please contact the Museum via to check on availbility. 


Information for your visit

The research study room is open by appointment from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. The room has disabled access.

Bench space and power sockets are available. The Museum has Eduroam and public WiFi access (both free).

Food and drink are not allowed in the study room.

Photography of collections material is normally permitted for personal use only; a copyright waiver form must be signed. For permission to publish images, please see ordering images.

The Museum is in central Oxford and has no designated parking available. We advise visitors travelling from outside Oxford to use the city's Park & Ride services or walk from the rail or bus station.


For appointments and further enquiries please contact:


Phone: +44 (0)1865 277 278