I don’t want to turn you against The History of Science Museum but if you want to visit with toddlers or small children, then please don’t! There is really not much to do for them here. Go to the Oxford university museum of Natural History instead! If you have older children who are really interested in science or maths or Einstein, then by all means come here. You can make your visit more interesting by downloading one of their family trails HERE and use them to discover exciting stories and objects. I wouldn’t make a special trip JUST to visit it though.
The museum itself is not huge but covers four floors dedicated to astronomy and time keeping (including the world’s finest collections of astrolabes and sundials of European, Middle Eastern, Asian and African origin), maths (including early navigational instruments), physics (including part from Robert Boyle’s (1627–91) original air pump), chemistry, medicines (highlight is some artefacts used in the development of penicillin during the Second World War), microscopes and telecommunications.
The most famous physics exhibit is surely the blackboard written on by Albert Einstein (1879–1955) when he gave a series of lectures in Oxford in 1931- how cool is that! In 2004, the Marconi company also donated its valuable collection of historic apparatus, including some early transmitting and receiving equipment designed by radio pioneer Gugleilmo Marconi (1874–1937) and the company he founded, to the History of Science Museum. These can be found in the telecommunications section.
So the museum itself is interesting and will cater well for its niche audience (which unfortunately was not me or my son today)
🗺 Address: Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AZ, United Kingdom
🎟 Free entry – Open Tuesday- Sunday, 12-5 PM
🚘 No dedicated parking but you can park in central oxford or Westfield, which is always a nightmare. We took the bus, which added to the adventure, and If you are able to, that is what I would recommend (to save the cost of expensive oxford parking and hassle of having to constantly look at the watch to avoid overstaying)
🚻 No toilets
🍕No refreshments on site but plenty of cafes etc near by
🧺 Not enough space for Picnic inside the museum but you can do so at the nearby university parks
🦽 lift was also out of order when we visited, so if you are looking for disabled, level access, please confirm so before going and have a look at the Access Guide to the Museum..
🐕 Dogs not allowed
You can walk around or or have a picnic in the university parks. You can go hunting for treasures such as statues, carvings, quirky signs and street decorations as you go around these places with the treasure trail map (for 6.99£ including delivery but you can use my affiliate link for 10% off HERE or simply by using the coupon code OXFMUM).
If your little one loves dinosaurs or fossils, then Oxford university museum of Natural History is a must with its full length Dino skeletons, huge triceratops skull, other animal skeletons such as giraffe and elephants, giant ammonite, an actual meteorite etc etc. Pitts river museum is also free and accessible through the Oxford Natural History Museum, so you get a double whammy. Museum of Oxford is a small one but has interactive features for kids, so can be a good time filler and is close by. Ashmolean Museum, considered to be the world’s first university museum, is quite near but is HUGE. If you wouldnt mind spending some money, then go to the Story Museum. It is well worth it.If you think something needs updating on this post, please contact us HERE