Welcome to the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
Discover fossils, rocks and minerals from around the world and explore more than 550 million years of Earth's history.
Activities and events
Learn about the Earth and its history - try our free events, trails and activities.
The Museum is open year round and admission is free.
Current volunteering opportunities Museums and Collections view work experience, internship, apprenticeship and volunteer opportunities within the 8 museums.
NOTICE: The minerals gallery will not be open to the public on Friday 13th December 2013 11:00-12:30. This is because of a private workshop.
GB3D Type Fossils Online project
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has launched the world’s first 3D virtual fossil collection to the public. Thousands of 3D digital fossil models, plus several thousand high quality images, many in 3D, can now be browsed and downloaded for free. The GB3D Type Fossils Online project, funded by Jisc, has made fossils available for academics, researchers and fossil enthusiasts to enjoy at their leisure.
In the UK, type fossil specimens are stored in a number of locations across the country, and there is no easy way to search across the many different catalogues. The GB3D Type Fossils Online project has developed a single database of the type specimens, held in British collections, of macrofossil species and subspecies found in the UK. This includes links to photographs and a selection of 3D digital models produced by laser scanning of the best fossils.
Department of Earth Sciences Teaching CollectionNew website housing photographs and descriptions of the specimens found in the first year Reference Series at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. This series is a collection of rocks, minerals and fossils used to aid the first year Geology students in their practical revision. Teaching Reference Series Website.
Exhibition loan to The Royal Society, London
The Sedwick Museum has recently loaned several objects to the Royal Society for their 'Fossils: an evolution of an idea' exhibition currently running until Friday 8th November 2013.
The exhibition displays some of the fossil specimens owned by Fellows of the Royal Society in the 17th and 18th centuries, and printed books demonstrating the changing ideas about fossils.
Highlights include an ichthyosaur discovered by Mary Anning, the original illustrations for Agostino Scilla's 'La vana speculazione disingannata dal senso' (published in 1670), and specimens from the collections of Scilla and John Woodward FRS.
Discover geology…around Cambridge city centre
Was the fox prehistoric man's best friend?
Conservation work on faunal remains from a prehistoric grave in Jordan was carried out in the Sedgwick Museum's conservation unit, The A.G. Brighton Building.