Whipple Museum of the History of Science

The Whipple Museum of the History of Science is one of the hidden treasures of Cambridge City Centre. Founded in 1944 when Robert Stuart Whipple donated his collection of scientific instruments to the university, the  museum now contains thousands of fascinating exhibits relating to scientific disciplines including anatomy, astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, and more.

 

John Stevens Henslow held the position of Professor of Botany at the University of Cambridge between 1825 and 1861. During this time he revolutionised the teaching of the subject and inspired the next generation of naturalists, including a young Charles Darwin. His legacy continues in the work of Cambridge University Botanic Garden and the Herbarium, as well as within the natural sciences departments of the university. An array of his scientific instruments and beautiful teaching charts are on display in the Whipple Museum. 


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