The museum now has a special exhibition about how to become a geologist: Charles Darwin - Becoming a Geologist. This includes some of Darwin’s own specimens, his geological hammer and some of his notebooks. The exhibit takes the visitor through Darwin’s childhood, his early passion for collecting and his education at Cambridge then allows them to try out tools of the trade to learn more about the concepts Darwin learned from Sedgwick.
Among the museum's other evolution-themed exhibits are the Fossil Record trio which documents Ancient Life, Life in the Jurassic Seas and the Origins of Modern Life. Of particular note are the amazing 520 million year old fossils from the Burgess Shale which document the evolution of some of the earliest animals and a huge collection of trilobites, an amazing group of extinct animals which have an excellent fossil record. Of course no geology museum is complete without a collection of dinosaurs and the Sedgwick doesn’t disappoint!
Another point of interest is the exhibit on Cambridge’s local geology and how it affects us. Did you know only 2 two million years ago elephants, hippos and giant elk where among the local inhabitants?
The museum has an excellent education program and provides extensive educational materials which can be freely downloaded here. This includes a pack of teachers' notes, images and activity sheets which help teach the ‘Ideas and Evidence’ content of Key Stage 3.
The museum is located on Downing Street, is open Monday to Friday 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00 and Saturday 10:00-16:00 and admission is free. School groups can also book by appointment.