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Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Cambridge

Categories: Science Museums, History Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
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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  • A relatively small museum but for anyone with interest in science and in particular the items used by scientists in the past, then this is brilliant. I'd happily have almost any exhibit on display in ...  read more »
  • Despite having lived in the Cambridge area for over 45 years, I'd never previously visited the Whipple Museum - "Museum of Scientific Instruments" never sounded very exciting. How wrong can you be! As...  read more »
  • Knew this was a small museum & read up on what's available & reviews so we're actually surprised at the size. 3 rooms of things to look at. We found as adults it more interesting of course, but there ...  read more »
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • I was pleasantly surprised by this little museum. It covers many interesting areas of science and I really enjoyed the globe room and anatomy objects.
  • Engaging exhibits
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