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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
 
NEW Volunteer roles!

Archive Preservation Volunteer

Closing date - 12 noon 3rd April 2017. Full role description and application details here

Gallery Volunteer

Easter and Summer holidays roles. Full role description and application details here

Earth Stories - The latest geological news Collections Up Close



Fossil corset-animals(loriciferans) help solve Darwin’s dilemma

A new hypothesis of dinosaur relationships and early dinosaur evolution

 

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

Saturday
10:00 to 16:00 

Sunday
Closed

 





A new hypothesis of dinosaur relationships and early dinosaur evolution



Celebrating the 100th birthday of Walter Brian Harland (1917-2003) Wednesday 22nd March: Visit our online Archive gallery




Luckily it is only the size of a pinhead and has been extinct for some 540 million years, otherwise the monstrous appearance of Saccorhytus coronarius would be the stuff of nightmares. And, like it or not, scientists think that this is one our remote human ancestors.


 

Publications

'Tools of the Trade'
Available to purchase in the Sedgwick Museum shop

Tools of the Trade

Agostino Scilla's
'Vain Speculation Undeceived by Sense'
English translation available to download.
Agostino Scilla download

Our Rocks are on the Move!
We are reuniting our important rock collections under one roof! Can you help support the building of our new Sedgwick Museum Collections store? Read more and donate here


Friends of the Sedgwick Museum prizewinners give us their thoughts on their time at the Museum in 2016
Click here to read

Work Experience at the Sedgwick - read about our latest student to visit us for two weeks and experience life in a Museum. 

Studying Earth Sciences at Cambridge University


Did you know?
The University of Cambridge is listed at the top of The Complete University's Guide 2016 for geology.

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