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The Whipple Museum holds an outstanding collection of scientific instruments and models relating to astronomy, navigation, surveying, calculating, medicine and much more. From school sessions to family drop in activities and adult lectures, the Whipple's educational programme can offer something to visitors of all ages and interests. While the museum is closed we are offering online sessions - contact us for more details of how to set up a session.

You are welcome to co-ordinate your visit to the Whipple Museum with visits to other University of Cambridge Museums and Collections.

During this period of reduced hours, do explore and download home activities.

If you've taken part in our online activities we'd love to see the results - share them on twitter or facebook or email us at

Information for Groups

Although the museum cannot currently host large groups, we are still keen to engage with schools and groups and can offer digital and/or outreach versions of our learning sessions from early years to adult groups on Wednesdays and Fridays. Sessions typically last up to an hour and include practical and craft activities to do at home or at school, looking at objects or pictures of objects and a chance to ask questions. Contact Alison Giles, our learning coordinator, on to discuss how we can help you.

We welcome pre-booked groups; see below for information on the groups we can accommodate and how to book.

Find out more about the sessions we offer

Families and other events

Visit the What's On section for more information on our other events and exhibitions.

Opening Times

Following Government guidance, all University of Cambridge Museums are closed until further notice, to help protect visitors, staff and the wider community