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Although the museum is currently limiting opening times to the public, we are still keen to engage with schools and groups. We have developed a range of specialised online sessions and can also offer digital, outreach or on-site learning sessions for A-level and adult groups on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Sessions typically last up to an hour and a half and include practical activities, information about objects and a chance to ask questions. Contact Alison Giles, our learning coordinator, on are26@cam.ac.uk to discuss how we can help you.

Key themes: Science and History

Age range: A-level and post-16

Using the collections housed at the Whipple Museum and Whipple Library, this gallery- taught session focuses on the impact and legacy of the theory of evolution by natural selection. It will also provide students with an insight into how science works, including Charles Darwin's engagement with the wider scientific community and the observational basis of his theory. As part of the session, students will have the opportunity to use a range of nineteenth and twentieth Century microscopes. This session is suitable for students at Key Stage 4 onwards and ideal for both the AQA and OCR GCSE and A-Level syllabuses.

Duration: 60 minutes. Break down of content: 15 minutes in galleries + 45 minute workshop

Fakes, Mistakes and Mystery

Key themes: History, Science

Age range: KS4 and KS5

Solve a mystery: how have fake scientific instruments made their way into the Whipple Museum collection, and who is responsible? Via source analysis, groups will investigate the evidence that recent researchers have uncovered and present back their discoveries.

Duration: 75 minutes

Modelling Science

Key themes: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History

Age range: KS4 and KS5

From an enormous protein structure to plaster casts of chicken heads, students will see models spanning different scientific fields, dating from the 18th century to the 20th. They will learn about the importance of models in scientific investigations and discoveries throughout Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They will analyse the representation of concepts including electricity and genetic inheritance, have an in-depth look at the history of molecular models, and operate a mechanical model of the solar system.

Duration: 90 minutes. Break down of content: 30 minutes gallery teaching + 30 minutes activity + 30 minutes free time in galleries

Opening Times

We are currently open five days a week!

Booking is essential, but tickets are free. They are available at the University of Cambridge Museums website. Tickets are available for the subsequent week.

Slots are as below:

Monday 14:00 - 15:30

Tuesday 14:00 - 15:30

Wednesday 14:00 - 15:30

Thursday 14:00 - 15:30

Friday 14:00 - 15:30

We hope to see you soon!

Please note that, in line with University of Cambridge guidance, the Whipple Museum requires visitors to continue to wear face coverings (unless exempt) and maintain social distancing.