The Collections

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.

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

Saturday
10:00 to 16:00 

Sunday
Closed

Christmas and New Year 2018/19
The Museum will close at 4pm on Saturday 22nd December 2018 and re-open at 10am on Saturday 5th January 2019



Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition to the North-West Passage has often been in the news ever since he left England on the 19th May, 1845 never to return. Successive searches throughout the 19th century eventually found artefacts and human remains. But it was not until 2014 the wreck of Franklin’s ship, HMS Erebus was found and two years later the wreck of HMS Terror. Now the extraordinary story of HMS Erebus is receiving new publicity thanks to the publication of Michael Palin’s new book – ‘Erebus : the story of a ship’. Whilst the earliest searches did not find any traces of Franklin and his crew, one of them, led by Captain Kellett did find a superb mammoth tusk, which is now part of the Sedgwick Museum’s Ice Age display.



The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, the oldest of the University of Cambridge museums, has appointed its first full-time director.