The Collections

If you wish to enquire about our collections, request a loan or arrange a research visit, please contact us with your requirements at sedgwickmuseum@esc.cam.ac.uk 

Whilst we will make every effort to meet your needs, we may need to change arrangements at short notice in response to changing conditions during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Sedgwick Museum's collections are an important resource for research, learning and enjoyment. The Museum is responsible for the care of approximately 2 million specimens from around the world, encompassing more than 4.5 billion years of Earth's history.
The Museum's collections are organised broadly into five major categories - Palaeontology (fossils), Mineralogy (minerals), Petrology (igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks), Building Stones and the 'Woodwardian Collection'. The Sedgwick Museum also houses a collection of Archive material, containing records from the 17th Century to the present day.
Only a small proportion of the collections are on display. The remainder of the collections are held in specialist storage and can be visited by appointment.

Bank Holidays: 2nd & 3rd June Closed


Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Sunday: Closed


Free entry
No booking required




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