The Collections

Re-opening of Sedgwick Museum collections for research

We are delighted to announce that from 1st October, we will be inviting enquiries regarding access to our research collections during the new academic year.

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.

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Back at the beginning of lock down the Getty museum challenged us to recreate famous works of art with objects from around the home (#GettyMuseumChallenge). As soon as I heard about it I knew I had to make the Duria Antiquior. Despite it’s size, you might have missed the ‘Duria’, high up on a wall in the Jurassic pond area of the museum.




University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) create 28 page Explore and Create pack for families in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.