Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences Cambridge

Are you looking to take a trip through the interesting history of natural and earth sciences all the way back to the dinosaurs? The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is the geology museum of the University of Cambridge and it has fantastic exhibits, collections and events for you to check out. Based in central Cambridge is a fun-filled day for people of all ages so why not add The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences to your Stack!

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The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is part of the Department of Earth Sciences and is located on the University's Downing Site in Downing Street, central Cambridge.

The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is the oldest of the University of Cambridge museums, having been established in 1728 as the Woodwardian Museum. Since then the collection has grown from about 10,000 fossils, minerals and rocks, to at least 2 million. A walk through the museum will take you on a 4.5 billion year journey through time, from the meteoritic building blocks of planets to the thousands of fossils of animals and plants that illustrate the evolution of life in the oceans, on land and in the air.

There is a range of great permanent displays, as well as temporary exhibitions that come and go. These include collaborations with researchers and artists and also reflect relevant news stories, events and anniversaries. The Sedgwick Museum’s collections are an important resource for research, learning and enjoyment. The Museum is responsible for the care of approximately 2 million specimens from around the world, encompassing more than 4.5 billion years of Earth’s history.

  • Limited accessibility due to old building, call ahead for more information
  • Open Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Open Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Visits must be booked in advance online
  • The museum is free to visit

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