Access

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 where possible to accommodate you.

Contact details for access enquiries:
Sarah Hammond
Tel: 01223 333 456
Email: sedgwickmuseum@esc.cam.ac.uk
Address: Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EQ

Getting to the Museum

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.

Parking information

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,  we recommend the Grand Arcade carpark which has blue badge spaces and is located directly opposite the Museum accessible from Corn Exchange Street via Downing Street.

Visual Story

You can download our visual story before you arrive.

Getting into the Museum

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 (the lift floor measures 105cm wide by 80cm deep, but the door is only 69cm wide). If your wheelchair or scooter will not fit in the lift, there is a folding wheelchair available that you can borrow. You must be able self-transfer or be accompanied by someone who can assist you.

Inside the Museum

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.


Temporarily closed due to Covid-19
The government recently announced that museums and galleries will be able to re-open from 4 July. Here at the Sedgwick, we are really looking forward to welcoming you back, and are working hard to put in place plans to make sure visitors, staff and volunteers will be safe.  We anticipate that we will reopen later in the summer, and will involve a free, timed, ticketing system. We keep you informed of our plans via our website and social media. 
In the meantime, we are delighted that the Cambridge University Botanic Garden has already reopened 
https://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk/
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