Research Facilities

The following facilities are available for visiting researchers to use:

  • Basic photography set-up: copy stand; lighting; black or white backgrounds.
  • Stereo dissecting binocular microscope for hand specimens.
  • Optical transmitted light microscope for thin sections.
  • Specimen trolley, safety barriers & power supply for working out on the public galleries.
  • Lab benches for laying out specimens.
  • Wifi internet access and/or computer access for checking emails, bibliographic references etc.
  • Car parking space.

The collections are split between several sites a few miles apart. Each building has slightly different facilities available. Please contact us with your requirements prior to your visit and we will do our best to fulfil your needs.

To arrange a research visit to study our collections please contact us.

    



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

Saturday
10:00 to 16:00 

Sunday
CLOSED



Sep 12, 2019

This week we reached a major landmark in the development of the Museum’s new Collections Research Centre. We’ve just been handed the keys to the brand new Colin Forbes Building, a purpose-built collections store to house our internationally important rock and fossil collections.  We now start the ambitious task of moving our rock collection – weighing more than 150 tonnes – from a variety of locations across Cambridge.  Bringing our collections together, and creating a space where we can welcome research visitors enables us to take a big step towards our aim of creating a world-leading centre for Earth Sciences collections research.



Aug 13, 2019

This summer, young visitors to some of our UCM museums have the opportunity to participate in an exciting artist-led treasure hunt. Hidden Tales: the Riddle of the White Sphinx, created by Mark Wells and Sorrel May, and illustrated by Jennifer Bell encourages families to explore our museums in a different way... Author Mark Wells tells all here.