Access

The Sedgwick Museum is housed in a beautiful historic building, but access to the museum is not easy for everyone. We are working to improve access for all visitors, but in the meantime we are always willing to help visitors with mobility difficulties. If possible, please contact us in advance of your visit and we will be happy to make arrangements where possible to accommodate you.

Contact details for access enquiries:
Sarah Hammond
Tel: 01223 333 456
Email: sedgwickmuseum@esc.cam.ac.uk
Address: Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EQ

Getting to the Museum

The Museum is located on the Downing Site of the University of Cambridge. The site is accessed through an archway from Downing Street, the Museum is signposted from the street. Once through the archway visitors should turn left and look for the sweeping stone staircase above the main entrance to the Department of Earth Sciences. 

A safe queueing zone has been set up for visitors at the bottom of the steps. Please wait at the bottom of the steps and socially distance from other visitors until staff welcome you into the Museum at your ticketed entry time.

Parking information

For visitors with restricted mobility, we recommend the Grand Arcade carpark which has blue badge spaces and is located directly opposite the Museum accessible from Corn Exchange Street via Downing Street.

Getting into the Museum

The Museum’s main entrance is located at the top of a stone staircase above the entrance to the Department of Earth Sciences on Downing Site.

For visitors with restricted mobility there is a lift located within the Department of Earth Sciences which can be used to access the Museum. If possible, visitors should let the Museum know in advance if they wish to use the lift, either when booking their ticket online or emailing the Museum before their visit. A member of staff will then assist you at your entrance time. 
There is a ramp leading to the door located beneath Museum staircase. The lift is not suitable for large buggies or large wheelchairs (the lift floor measures 105cm wide by 80cm deep, but the door is only 69cm wide). If your wheelchair or scooter will not fit in the lift, there is a folding wheelchair available that you can borrow within the Museum.  You must be able self-transfer or be accompanied by someone who can assist you.

Inside the Museum

Platform lifts enable access between the split levels of the gallery. Instructions and a key to operate these lifts are available from the front desk. Please ask for further assistance if required. Seating is provided throughout the galleries.

Further information on toilets, parking (including disabled parking), visual and hearing impairments can be found here.


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