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Sedgwick Museum of Geology

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Address: Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ, England
Phone Number: +44 1223 333456
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This museum houses an extensive collection of geological specimens from...

This museum houses an extensive collection of geological specimens from around the world, which are used by scholars worldwide as part of their research activities.

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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

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 the fossils, where they were formed and being really kind and giving us his time

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Bristol, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 of our earth explained in simple to understand language. Loads of exhibits but the explaintion posters are wonderful. A MUST visit place.

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Thank horsleygc
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is not that well sign-posted and we came across it by chance, having just come out of the Museum of Anthropology. What a find! It has literally dozens and dozens of rocks, gems, fossils and skeletons, and there are several well-written explanatory boards. There is definitely something of interest for young and old and you are bound to... More 

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Jaipur, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is the oldest of the University of Cambridge museums. It has about 10,000 fossils, minerals and rocks. A walk through the museum will take you on a 4.5 billion year journey through time. Also a major teaching and research resource in the Department of Earth Sciences, the Sedgwick Museum collections are a national treasure.... More 

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Southwold, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To give my seven year old son credit, he was fascinated by the Sedgwick and wants to visit again. And the other children there seemed to be interested too. It's not the most modern of museums - there are limited interactive elements, and the Beagle globe wasn't working - but it certainly has integrity and it's clearly arranged by date.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went into the museum expecting to find more about Darwin, although I should have realized that a museum devoted to Adam Sedgwick, one of Darwin's mentors, would have been all about geology. And in fact, the section devoted to Darwin is about Darwin the geologist. The museum has a fantastic collection that's well displayed. And, like the other museums... More 

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Hamilton, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Darwin. Sedgwick. Fossils. Gemstones. This museum is a must see. Think original material on which the Natural History Museum in New York takes its cues. Tons of local geology. Great Darwin exhibits. Very enjoyable and interesting.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We thought it looked a bit dated (I know, museum - old), but it probably hasn't been updated much for years. The displays look a bit unloved which endless amounts of fossils and rocks. Just the impression we got. It is certainly not the best museum and there are much better (Fitzwilliam, anthropology), but it is free and you would... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I may be kinda fussy here, as for a free museum, there is a really great collection of various items. I just found it frustrating that a lot of those interesting fossils are not described properly, there's just an old, unreadable label on them. No drawing that'd show you how the animal looked like or anything. Also there was barely... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

I'm a regular visitor to the museum and over the years, my opinion of it has remained the same, that is, it contains some amazing artefacts, but smaller children miss out. Let me explain. It contains amongst other things, pieces of equipment and gatherings from Darwin's expedition on board the Beagle. Not just any old tat, but the actual pieces... More 

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