School and Community Group Visits

We welcome groups to visit the Museum. To book your visit, please select one of the types of visit below then look at our information on booking and planning your visit. All group visits must complete a booking form.

A Facilitated Visit…is led by a member of the Museum Education staff. Usually lasting an hour and a half including time to explore the museum galleries and will include an object handling session. This service is subject to staff availability and should be booked at least four weeks in advance. If you have requested a facilitated visit, a member of the Education staff will contact you to arrange a pre-visit meeting and to discuss your requirements. To get an idea of the sessions we have available for your group, please select the age range of your group: Early Years,Primary,SecondaryLife-Long Learners.

Facilitated sessions are currently only available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

A Welcome Talk…. is led by a member of the Museum staff and usually lasts 10 minutes. This will include a very general introduction to the Museum and one or two key objects, with an opportunity for questions. If you have requested a welcome talk, a member of staff will contact you to confirm availability.

A Self-directed Visit…. is run entirely by the teacher or group leader. If you would like to arrange a pre-visit to help you to plan this visit, please email with your questions.

Outreach Visit: Currently we do not have the capacity to offer outreach visits.

EFL Students/ HE Visits: As well as schools we welcome other pre-booked groups to the museum, including Higher Education, Life Long learning and EFL Schools.
All groups will need to be booked at least two weeks in advance. If you come to the museum without making a booking you may be refused entrance.
Unfortunately the Museum cannot offer any taught sessions for EFL students, however we may be able to provide your group with a short welcome talk depending on staff availability.

Booking Form
All bookings can only be confirmed once a completed booking form has been received by the Education Officer. To download the form and read other details for planning your visit please visit Booking and Planning Your Visit. Please send completed forms to:

Monday to Friday
10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 17:00

10:00 to 16:00


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.