Museums with websites of interest to microscopists and naturalists
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Natural History Museum
A site worth visiting for anyone with a lively interest in the natural world. The leading museum of natural history.
Museum of the History of Science
Situated in the Old Ashmolean Building, Oxford, the museum houses one of the finest displays of scientific instruments. Included is the collection of the Royal Microscopical Society.
Liverpool Museums – World Museum
The Museum has significant collections in the field of microscopy and is the owner of the Liverpool Microscopical Society’s library and archives.
The museum houses the foremost collection of science-related exhibits, covering all subjects.
Whipple Museum of the History of Science
Situated in Cambridge, the Whipple Museum has many collections of scientific instruments, including the Heywood Collection of microscopes.
British Optical Association Museum
This site will be of interest to anyone who would like to know more about the history of ophthalmic optics – spectacles, spyglasses, magnifying devices etc. Perhaps something microscopical too!
One of the smaller museums, originally one man’s collection, with a fascinating natural history section and an amazing aquarium.