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The Museum is open and free for everyone to visit.

From Monday 1st November you no longer need to pre-book a ticket to visit the Museum. We'll be monitoring changes in guidance and will let you know if we need to bring the ticket booking system back.

For more information about your visit including safety measures in place please click here.

For information about research visits to the collections, please click here.


We need more teeth

Digital Exhibition

An exciting new collection of dinosaur casts was donated to the Sedgwick Museum in 2017. Among them, those of a prehistoric icon: Tyrannosaurus rex.

This display focuses on the skull of a Tyrannosaurus rex nicknamed ‘Stan’. It also explains why and how replicas or casts are made of fossils and includes a look behind-the-scenes into the curation of collections.

Visit the online exhibition

We Need More Teeth exhibition


Lockdown creativity:
Recreating an iconic scene
of Jurassic sea life

Early in lockdown, the Getty Museum challenged social media users to recreate artworks from its collection using household objects.

Here in the Sedgwick Museum we responded by challenging ourselves and our social media followers to recreate a famous painting, Duria Antiquior, which hangs in our Museum. Using the hashtag #DIYDuria, we collected ammonites, belemnites and ichthyosaurs made from teaspoons, vegetables, Lego and more. Explore the online gallery here.

DIY Duria


Women in the Archive

Take a look at the Archive from a different narrative. 

Explore how the Sedgwick Museum Archive documents womens experience of studying geology in the late nineteenth century, up until the First World War.

Explore Women in the Archive exhibition online here

Online resources 

Activities and interactives to stay connected and keep you entertained from home

Dawn of the Wonderchicken

The Wonderchicken, is among the most exciting bird fossils ever found. It has one of the best-preserved fossil bird skulls in the world, and gives us important insights into the evolutionary origins of modern birds.

Explore the online exhibition here

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Jul 26, 2020

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.

Jul 24, 2020

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

Jun 28, 2016

One of the questions most frequently asked by visitors to the Sedgwick Museum is what exactly are fossils and how do they form? This question also fascinated Agostino Scilla (1629-1700); an artist who lived in the Sicilian town of Messina during the 1600s. Scilla attempted to answer this question in his book La vana speculazione disingannata dal senso (Vain Speculation Undeceived by Sense), published in Naples in 1670.

Sedgwick Museum Collections and Research centre

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Support this project

If you would like to discuss how you might contribute to the Sedgwick Museum Collections Store, please contact Professor Richard Harrison, Head of Department.

To make a donation to the Sedgwick Museum Collections Store please visit our online giving page.

Studying Earth Sciences at Cambridge University

Discover more about studying Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge in this video featuring Museum Curator of Mineralogy and Petrology Professor Marian Holness and Sir David Attenborough