Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Cambridge

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Cambridge (must see)

Together with the MAA and Zoology Museum nearby, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences has helped to make this corner of the Cambridge University campus a global centre for natural history research. Created by physics professor Dr. John Woodward, the museum blossomed under the stewardship of Dr. Adam Sedgwick, who attracted exhibits of global significance to the site. Following Dr. Sedgwick’s death, the museum was moved to a new site in his honour. The current building was opened by King Edward VII in 1904, and now houses an extensive collection of artifacts dating back to the prehistoric era.

The collection is quite impressive and includes a number of exhibits on the Jurassic era, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. A complete Iguanodon skeleton, discovered in South East England, forms the breathtaking centrepiece of the museum’s entrance hall. There are also galleries of prehistoric minerals and fossils, dating back to the origins of animal life, as we know it. A number of child-friendly exhibitions take place at the museum each year, making this a must-see attraction for kids with an interest in the prehistoric world.

Why You Should Visit:
If you like geology, this is your place! Lots of specimens with informative signs and labels, and you will get a sense for how the discipline evolved. Wonderful collection!
Each section has an overview of climate, types of creatures that appeared, and what the continent(s) looked like along with a ton of fossils. There are literally thousands on display.
This is a really fine example of what museums looked and felt like 50-60 years ago, while the staff have clearly worked hard to make sure that the expectations of modern audiences are met.

They close for lunch, so make sure you leave enough time for your visit.

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Sight Location: Cambridge, England (See walking tours in Cambridge)
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