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 TradeWant 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

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 17:00

Saturday
10:00 to 16:00

Sunday
Closed 



Sep 5, 2014

One of the most iconic of Cambrian age fossils from the famous Burgess Shale is a little (3.5 cm long) creature called Hallucigenia, which has been the subject of considerable controversy for several decades. Now, researchers, Martin Smith and Javier Ortega-Hernandez from the Department of Earth Sciences have reinvestigated this strange creature and its relationship to other animals.


Jul 30, 2014

A new project is underway at Cambridge’s oldest museum, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. Funding from Arts Council England’s ‘Designation Development Fund’ is enabling the Museum to make some of its most historically important specimens available to visitors for the first time as high-quality, interactive digital 3D objects.