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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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  • If you have a passing interest in geology this place is a must. Be warned if you go with others they will be waiting for you. Important note - they close for lunch so make sure you leave enough time f...  more »
  • The Sedgwick Museum is a wonderful place to be entertained and educated at the same time. It is compact and each case includes good descriptions of the contents. Toilets are small but good, and easy t...  more »
  • Really enjoyed this small museum, there's so much to see and to learn here, if you're interested in the natural earth and the inhabitants on it you'll find it very interesting, seeing the life sized s...  more »
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  • My heartbeat increased when I was in front of the items associated with Charles Darwin and the Beagle. I have yet to have seen such items in other science museums around the world. You'll see geological samples, pages from his diary, some of his personal items used during the voyage. A small display case for a contemporary Huxley and of course Sedgwick. The majority of the fossil samples are from the UK, and be prepared because there are quite a number displayed .
  • A great place to take the kids along with many artifacts to look at. Bones and fossils of all shapes and sizes, a brilliant place to spend an hour or two. All of this free of charge highly recommend a visit!
  • Utterly gorgeous museum! I love to take my daughter to get her dinosaur fix, and it's free 😍 This time there were crafts and activities for the children which was lovely!
  • Exciting place for dinosaurs enthusiasts. Loads of educational exhibits on geology. And important geologists. And Darwins life.
  • Small. Mainly just full of cases of fossils. Not very inspiring at all. Best was small exhibition on Darwin .

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