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Sedgwick Museum of Geology, Cambridge

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4.4/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, is the geology museum of the University of Cambridge. It is part of the Department of Earth Sciences and is located on the University's Downing Site in Downing Street, central Cambridge, England. The Sedgwick Museum is one of the eight museums which make up the University of Cambridge Museums consortium.HistoryConstruction and openingDr John Woodward collected and catalogued over 35 years nearly 10,000 specimens in five walnut cabinets, two of which he bequeathed to the University in his will. The University later purchased another two, and the fifth was added in the 1840s. The cabinets are still in use today. He also left funds to establish the position of the Woodwardian Professor of Geology.Adam Sedgwick began the process of expanding the collection, and purchased several ichthyosaur skeletons from Mary Anning. He persuaded the University to set aside space in the Cockerill Building, but by the time he died, the collection was too large for that space, so it was decided there should be a museum set up in his memory.Construction of the Sedgwick Museum was supervised by Thomas McKenny Hughes, an astute negotiator who persuaded the University to build the museum, and raised over £95,000 by a public appeal. The museum was opened on 1 March 1904 in a ceremony attended by King Edward VII.
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  • There are many specimens to look at which have been used by the university. It is not a huge place, but there is still plenty to see. explanations of how rocks and fossils are formed. A great place to...  read more »
  • There are good and bad points to this museum. The good points are the sections that uses the exhibits to tell a story. Darwin's trip on the Beagle and the formation of the different types of rocks for...  read more »
  • This is my 6th visit with my six year old. He loves to search for the spider and is spellbound by the Iguanodon skeleton at the entrance. The minerals and crystals are beautiful and the sea of samples...  read more »
  • If the kids (or you) are bored on your shopping trip, take an hour out and visit this little gem. There are a few big dinosaur skeletons and so many fossil cabinets. Not the greatest "museum", more a place of curiosities with a gift shop.
  • Wonderful museum, so much bigger than you expect. Lovely displays of fossils and stones. Right up my street!
  • Small but will packed with fascinating things to read and see. The Darwin section is particularly fantastic
  • A rather small museum but packed with lots of rocks and fossils. Really worths a visit. Children friendly as well
  • A great place to see in Cambridge, with alot of history
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