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Sedgwick Museum of Geology, Cambridge

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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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  • Very large and thorough collection of all types of fossils. Labelling did not always make it clear to the non-expert what was on display; old-fashioned display style museum. 
  • Endless cases of fossils with faded hand-written labels. Wonderful! I hope this museum can stay open and free forever. 
  • We enjoyed the visit. Many exhibits and rich in information. So intense - I found it difficult after a while. It is probably the most dense museum in terms of number of exposits per square metre. If y...  more »
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  • An old school museum. Like a labour of love for generations of collectors. Amazing!
  • This is a very old school looking museum with some really great pieces. Little ones love it especially some of the very close and accessible displays. Really love it, just wish it was a little bigger.
  • We come to the museum every year and myself and 3 children spend the minority of the day looking at the collections. Fantastic displays and excellent packs for the children to do. Only downside is the toilet facilities (only one and its very cramped)
  • Needed to get some help and advice regarding a fossil and got a education! Very helpful and friendly.
  • Wonderful museum, so much bigger than you expect. Lovely displays of fossils and stones. Right up my street!