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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  • Having worked in a scientific discipline for about nine years, I felt really absorbed by the things that had done and how that had completed it. It feels very much part of what has happened in Cambrid...  more »
  • Tells a great tale of the fashions in pre-modern scientific research using scientific artefacts of the eras. It really gives you a feel for the development of science through the ages and also on how ...  more »
  • The Whipple Museum was the place I most wanted to visit at Cambridge University. Admission is free. It's a bit hard to find because it is on a small lane and the entrance is inconspicuous. The recepti...  more »
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  • A nice, medium sized museum about technology of cartography, optics and some more. And it's free. So go in!
  • 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.
  • A lot of old instruments and science things. A bit of chaos without a guide.

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