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Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Downing Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3EQ

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Downing Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3EQ


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The Sedgwick Museum is located on Downing Street, Cambridge and is an integral part of the Department of Earth Sciences, of the University of Cambridge. The Museum holds and displays collections of many thousands of fossils, minerals and rocks that are of national and international significance. Displays cover the foundation of the Museum, famous geological collectors, palaeontology, minerals, stratigraphy, Earth processes, building stones and a special display on Charles Darwin the Geologist. The Museum is integral to research and teaching in the Department of Earth Sciences and the wider community through the provision of collections, facilities and staff expertise.
The Museum was founded upon the 17th century collection of Dr John Woodward FRS that he bequeathed to the University (1728) and with it the scientific discipline of Geology made its first formal appearance in England. With that collection (9400 rocks, minerals and fossils – still intact today) came the original drawings and text of Agostino Scilla, who wrote one of the most important 17th century books explaining the true meaning of fossils as artefacts representing the remains of once living things. In addition, Woodward’s own books and associated writings on the Earth were acquired. Since that time the collections were developed by a succession of Woodwardian Professors, such as Adam Sedgwick.

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Five Great Things to Do and See in Cambridge by Juliet Rix

"A marvellously old-fashioned treasure house of polished wooden display cases and drawers full of fossils and rocks. There are even some items collected by Charles Darwin himself. And it isn’t just for geologists. Dinosaurs – including a giant iguanadon at the entrance and a Jurassic seascape – view with sharks teeth and fossilised footprints for the interest of the non-specialist. And kids’ activity sheets are free on request."

Information on Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences , Downing Street , Cambridge

Opening Times: Mon to Fri, 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00. Sat 10:00-16:00. Closed BH.
Admission: Free
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: No
Facilities: Group Visits (pre-booked), Limited disabled access (Please contact in advance)

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