• Museum entrance
  • Downing Street view of Museum
  • Museum steps
  • Tower
  • Museum gallery

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
Pick up a free poster by Hannah Rickards
On Spatial Configurations represents one of the outcomes of Hannah Rickards' research in the Earth Sciences department through her 2013 residency and takes the form of a double-sided poster. Pick up a free copy of the poster in the museum.


Earth Stories - The latest geological news Collections Up Close






Monday to Friday

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

Saturday
10:00 to 16:00






The discovery of over 100 fossils of a tiny extinct creature called Metaspriggina from Cambrian age strata, between 500 and 515 million years old and exposed in a number of localities across North America, is helping to clarify our understanding of early fish evolution.




A geologically distinctive cobblestone in the Old Court, Clare College in the University of Cambridge has recently been engraved with the initials CLF and relaid in the courtyard. The initials belong to the late Dr Colin Forbes, onetime curator of the University’s Sedgwick Museum.



Fossil Guide ibook now available to download

Suitable for beginners as well as those with some knowledge, this authoritative and helpful multi-touch book has been produced by the Open University, in collaboration with the Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge. It covers invertebrates, vertebrates and plants, and each fossil group is illustrated with a gallery of photos.

Download available here.