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Travel through time…

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.

School Bookings Visiting

The Museum will be closed on 2nd October to allow for essential works to be carried out. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Earth Stories - The latest geological news Collections Up Close

Monday to Friday
10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 17:00

10:00 to 16:00 


Friends of the Sedgwick Museum prizewinner Richard gives us his thoughts on his time at the Museum
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Work Experience at the Sedgwick - read about our latest student to visit us for two weeks and experience life in a Museum. 

The way that some of Earth’s earliest large multi-celled organisms reproduced is turning out to be surprisingly complex according to new research.

The Sedgwick Museum recently acquired an exciting new specimen of Jurassic fish Leedichthys problematicum, the biggest bony fish that ever lived!

Studying Earth Sciences at Cambridge University

Discover more about studying Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge in this video featuring Museum Curator of Mineralogy and Petrology Professor Marian Holness and Sir David Attenborough