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Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Cambridge

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The Whipple Museum of the History of Science is a Museum attached to the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, which houses an extensive collection of scientific instruments, apparatus, models, pictures, prints, photographs, books and other material related to the history of science. It is located in the former Perse School on Free School Lane, and was founded in 1944, when Robert Whipple presented his collection of scientific instruments to the University of Cambridge. The Museum's collection is 'designated' by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) as being of "national and international importance".The Museum is one of eight museums in the University of Cambridge Museums consortium.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceThe Museum forms part of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. The Department includes a working library with a large collection of early scientific books, some of which were given by Robert Whipple. The Museum plays an important part in the Department's teaching and research.CollectionsThe museum's holdings are particularly strong in material dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries, especially objects produced by English instrument makers, although the collection contains objects dating from the medieval period to the present day. Instruments of astronomy, navigation, surveying, drawing and calculating are well represented, as are sundials, mathematical instruments and early electrical apparatus.
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  • Free to enter interesting collection of scientific instruments and models invented over several centuries, from telescopes to calculators to solar system models. Lots of drawers full of further sample...  more »
  • Lovely, quaint museum with all kinds of history of science treasures. Plenty of telescopes. Horses' dentures. You name it. Some things could do with more informative labelling. 
  • Having only lived in he Cambridge area for 30 years (!) I couldnt believe no-one had told me about this gem of a museum before! Although its far from the biggest museum its packed with fascinating dis...  more »
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  • A lot of old instruments and science things. A bit of chaos without a guide.
  • Great place to spend an couple if hours if you are at all interested in science or history (or both!) Some amazing equipment on display from Darwin and some other famous names. Opening hours are short to make sure you check!
  • Excellent variety of scientific instruments dating back centuries. Fascinating.
  • A great small museum, but a little dated in that you'll need to read all the detailed information on exhibits to make the most of it. It could make more of some astounding discoveries made here in the past.
  • Surprisingly charming little museum hidden away on Free School Lane. Not the best museum in Cambridge - an award that goes to the nearby museum of arch and anth - but well worth a visit if you have time and want to see some interesting instruments.