Things To Do In the Museum
- Fossil Handling! Sets of rocks and fossils to touch and explore and a variety of activities based around our collections.
- Visit our book trolley. There are a selection of books to choose from about themes explored in the Museum, from dinosaurs to earthquakes and fossilised poo!
- Puzzles. Build up the layers of Jurassic marine reptiles from their skeletons to their skins, discover the inner workings of the famous HMS Beagle and construct an ammonite with our in-gallery puzzles.
- Activity Boxes Nine differnt boxes to use in the gallery. Just ask in the shop
- Poetry Board. Use our collections to inspire your own poetic masterpiece using our magnetic poetry board.
- Tools of the Trade. Want to try your hand as a geologist aboard HMS Beagle? Our Tools of the Trade interactive will help you to find out more about the tools that Darwin used to map the locations he visited and to analyse and identify the geological specimens he collected. You can also find it in the Darwin gallery.
- Find our Dinosaurs! Can you find all of the museums dinosaurs
- Trails: The Museum has a selection of free trails, pick one up at the front desk as well as the Cambridge Geology Trail that is available to purchase in the Museum shop.
Cambridge Geology Trail (outside Museum):
This self-guided walk around the historic city centre will introduce you to just a few of the many different rock types, fossils, minerals and geological features that are waiting to be discovered in the walls, roofs and pavements of Cambridge. The Geology guide is available to purchase in the Museum shop and we offer a discount of 10% on ten copies or more.
Monday to Friday
10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 17:00Saturday
10:00 to 16:00Sunday
May 22, 2015
A weird group of ancient but surviving carnivorous worms, known as priapulids, which live in burrows on the seabed, evolved a remarkable method of capturing their prey – they can turn their hook-lined throat region inside out through the mouth to form a very effective grappling iron for capturing their prey.
May 19, 2015
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)