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Sedgwick Museum of Geology, Cambridge
(4.4/5 based on 180+ 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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  • 偶然走進這所博物館,她位於大學內園之中,清幽非常。 一進博物館,迎面就是一條大恐龍化石,足足有幾層樓高,再週圍仔細遊覽,發現是所自然地理歷史博物館,內容和藏品非常精彩,有好多不同年代和各種各類的化石。 入內參觀是完全免費的。更有小賣店可以買由化石造成的紀念品,價錢非常合理。是去劍橋參觀必去的地方。必定令你有一個驚喜的旅程。 
  • It was a really good visit Loads and loads of things to see. In the shop there were many minerals and rocks for sale for really good prices. The man at the till gave us lot of time explaining about th...  more »
  • Sought out this museum after reading other reviews. This is the Earth Sciences museum on the left as you enter not the geology museum which I didn't have time to visit. It was brilliant. The history o...  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!