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Whipple Museum of the History of Science

whipple museum of the history of science

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Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH
Tel: +44 (0)1223 330906

The Whipple Museum in Cambridge showcases an extensive collection of scientific artifacts relating to the history of science from the Middle Ages through to the present day.

The Whipple Museum of the History of Science is located in the building of the former Perse School in the center of the University of Cambridge’s campus. The museum was founded as a result of author Robert Whipple’s generous donation of his collection of scientific instruments to the University in 1944.

Today, the museum houses an assortment of science tools, models, apparatus, prints, pictures, photographs, books, and other items that illustrate the history of science.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Cambridge

Isaac Newton’s Reflecting Telescope, Photo Credit: Andrew Dunn

This United Kingdom museum shows a bias towards material from the 17th and 19th centuries, particularly that which was produced by English instrument makers. The scientific collection at the Whipple museum displays a strong sampling of navigation instruments related to surveying, drawing, and astronomy. They also house a wide collection of mathematical tools, sundials, and electrical apparatus.

The Whipple Museum comprises part of the University of Cambridge’s Department of History and Philosophy of Science. While it primarily functions as a science museum free for the public to enjoy, the Whipple also plays an important role in the teaching and research done by the Department. The Department of History and Philosophy of Science also includes a library of early scientific books, some of which were part of Robert Whipple’s original collection.

The Whipple Museum of the History of Science offers visitors an enlightening snapshot of scientific progression over the past millennium. Located in the heart of the University Cambridge, this free science museum is equal parts educational and entertaining.

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