About the Museum

Welcome to the History of Science Museum at the University of Oxford. The Museum is housed in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, dating from 1683, and houses an unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments. We are a department of the University and an active public space, offering a programme of events, tours, talks and more, as well as taught sessions for schools.

The Museum’s displays are arranged over three floors. For more information about the collections and displays see the other sections on this site or ask at the front desk in the Entrance Gallery.

Please note that eating and drinking are not permitted in the galleries.

We hope you enjoy your visit.