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. Also a major teaching and research resource in the Department of Earth Sciences, the Sedgwick Museum collections are a national treasure.
Mon to Fri 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00 Sat 10.00-16.00 Closed: Christmas & Easter Period. Exact closure dates are listed on our website.
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Facilities and services
- Baby changing facilities
- Education facilities available
- Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
- Parking for disabled available
- Research facilities for academics
- Study facilities
- Toilets for disabled
- Wheelchair access to all public areas
- Academic publications and resources available
- Activities for pre-school children
- Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
- Direct teaching services for schools
- Events and resources for children and families
- Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
- Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
- Loan service
- Member of staff available with responsibility for education
- Object identification and/or written enquiry service
- Pre-booking service for groups
- Primary school education service available
- Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
- Public access available to collections information
- Secondary school education service available
- Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
- Touch exhibits
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