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Museum of the History of Science

OX1 3AZ Oxford, Great Britain (UK)

Address Broad Street
Floor area unfortunately not known yet  
Museum typ Exhibition
Science Museums in general
  • Chemistry
  • Surveying Equipment
  • Tubes/Valves / Semiconductors
  • Architecture
  • Photo cameras and slide projectors
  • Clocks and Watches
  • Electricity / Magnetism
  • Media
  • Radios (Broadcast receivers)
  • Telephone / Telex
  • Biology / Medicine
  • Morse technology
  • Measuring Instruments, Lab Equipment
  • Audio amplifier
  • Physics
  • Astronomy

Opening times
Tuesday to Friday: 12-5pm; Saturday: 10am-5pm; Sunday: 2-5pm

Free entry.

Tel.:+44-1865-277 280  eMail:museum  


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Location / Directions
N51.754280° W1.255580°N51°45.25680' W1°15.33480'N51°45'15.4080" W1°15'20.0880"

The Museum of the History of Science is located at the very centre of Oxford, on Broad Street, next to the Sheldonian Theatre and directly opposite Blackwell’s main bookshop.

The Museum is within 10 minutes walking distance of the railway and coach stations. Prospective visitors by car are advised that daytime parking in central Oxford is limited; the city encourages use of its ‘park and ride’ car parks on each of the main roads into the city, with frequent bus services into the centre.

Some example model pages for sets you can see there:

GB: MILITARY U.K. R1155A / R1155E / R1155M (1940-45)
GB: Marconi Co. CR100 (1940?)
USA: Marconi Wireless Wireless Receiver CM 294C (1917)
USA: MILITARY U.S. BC-342-(*) (BC342) (1940??)

Some example tube pages for sets you can see there:

Triode, vacuum LD2
Space Charge Tetrode RE87 (1924)
Triode, vacuum R5V (1925)
Full-Wave Vacuum Rectifier 5Z4 (1935)
Full-Wave Vacuum Rectifier 80 (1927)

Description From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The Museum of the History of Science, located in Broad Street, Oxford, is home to an unrivalled collection of scientific instruments from medieval times to the 17th century. Its collection of 18th and 19th-century instruments is also substantial. The building is the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum.

The current collection contains around 18,000 objects from antiquity to the early 20th century, representing almost all aspects of the history of science and is used for both academic study and enjoyment by the visiting public.
The museum contains a wide range of scientific instruments, such as quadrants, astrolabes (the most complete collection in the world with c.170 instruments), sundials, early mathematical instruments (used for calculating, astronomy, navigation, surveying and drawing), optical instruments (microscopes, telescopes and cameras),
equipment associated with chemistry,
natural philosophy and medicine,
and a reference library regarding the history of scientific instruments that includes manuscripts, incunabula, prints and printed ephemera, and early photographic items.

Forum contributions about this museum
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Marconi Collection in Oxford (and the WWW)
Georg Richter
  1 Dear all,

the 'Marcony Corporation' donated their historic collection to 'The Museum of the History of Science' within the University of Oxford, UK.

Special exhibition 'Wireless World: Marconi & the making of radio'
is to be seen until October 1st, 2006.

The University provides further travel details and maps:

Fortunately they provide a virtual museum:

click on 'Browse' ... you will be astonished (like me).

Kind Regards
Georg Richter
Museum of the History of Science
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