The Sedgwick Museum is housed in a beautiful building, but access to the museum is not easy for everyone. We are investigating ways to improve access for our disabled visitors, but in the meantime we are always willing to help visitors with mobility difficulties. Please contact us in advance of your visit and we will be happy to make arrangements to accommodate you.
Contact details for access enquiries:
Tel: 01223 333 456
Fax: 01223 333 450
Address: Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EQ
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.
The entrance for cars is on Tennis Court Road, but the car park itself is not open to the public. For visitors with impaired mobility, parking can be arranged on-site given sufficient notice.
The nearest public car park is the Grand Arcade car park, accessible from Corn Exchange Street via Downing Street.
IMPORTANT ACCESS INFORMATION
We will shortly be closing our lift to the public while it undergoes essential maintenance. During this time we cannot offer lift access to the Museum. Official notice will be posted here once this takes place. We apologise for any inconvenience.
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. There is a ramp leading to the door located beneath Museum staircase. Visitors should use the intercom (see picture) to request assistance and a member of staff will assist you. The lift is not suitable for large buggies or large wheelchairs (lift floor measures 1m x1m).
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. Ample seating is provided throughout the galleries.
Further information on toilets, parking (including disabled parking), visual and hearing impairments can be found here.
The possibility that the extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago may have been caused by the eruption of the Deccan lavas in India has been increased by new research, published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin (doi:10.1130/B31167.1).
A view of the Mahabaleshwar escarpment in the western Ghats, India. Just a small part of the 3.6 km thick pile of lavas that flooded over the Deccan region of India some 66 million years ago? (photo copyright Dr Sally Gibson, Dept. Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge)
Last weekend the Museum was turned pink and played host to the launch of Pink Week 2015. Pink Week is a week of events aimed at raising funds and awareness for breast cancer charities. Inspired by the activism of the late Dina Rabinovitch, Pink Week ran for the first time in Haberdashers’ Aske’s school in 2011. Since then, Pink Week has gone from strength to strength, launching at Clare College, Cambridge in 2014.