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The Whipple Museum can offer on-site learning sessions for primary schools on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, subject to availability. Session times are 10-11.30 and 1-2.30. The morning session gives exclusive access to the museum for your class and the afternoon session takes place while the museum is open to the public. Sessions typically last up to an hour and a half and include practical activities, information about objects and a chance to ask questions. Home educating families are welcome to book any of the schools sessions, there are no minimum numbers. Contact Alison Giles, our learning coordinator, on to discuss how we can help you. 

Inventions and Discoveries

Key themes: Maths, Science, Geography and Art

Age range: KS1 and KS2

Explore how technology has changed through time and learn more about key inventions such as microscopes, telescopes, globes and calculators. The Museum has many other intriguing inventions such as pre-film animation devices, papier-mâché human anatomical models and glass fungi. What will your students discover?

Duration: 90 minutes

Format: 30 minute taught session + 30 minute worksheet+ 30 minute handling and/or craft activity.

Light and Shadows

Key themes: Science

Age range: KS2

During this session students will look at telescopes, microscopes and sundials to explore light sources, magnification, reflection and shadows. Students will have the opportunity to create their own experiments with light rays and mirrors and to use our physical and digital microscopes. 

Duration: 90 minutes

Format: 30 minute museum tour + 30 minute experiment time  + 30 minute microscopes and magnification


close-up of orrery model

Earth and Space

Key themes: Science and History

Age range: KS1 and KS2

How did people learn about the solar system before space telescopes and spaceships were invented? By looking at telescopes, globes and mechanical models of the solar system, students will learn more about how our understanding of the universe has changed through time. Make an orrery showing the movement of the earth and moon around the sun.

Duration: 90 minutes (60 minutes for KS1)

Format: 30 minute taught session + 30 minute worksheet + 30 minute handling and/or craft activity

This session can also be run for KS1 pupils, but sessions last 60 minutes and comprise of a 20 minute taught session + 20 minute worksheet + 20 minutes object handling and role play

The Science of Musical Sound

Key themes: Science, History

Age range: KS2

From musical instruments to vibrations, and from sound waves to the inner ear, students will use objects from the collection to understand how sound is made, travels and is heard. Through hands-on and observational investigation, they will explore how humans have created musical and scientific instruments enabling us to make music and communicate through the ages.

Duration: 90 minutes

Format: 30 minute taught session + 30 minute worksheet + 30 minute handling and investigation

Opening Times

We will be closed on Monday 2nd May

We are open five days a week, 12.30 - 16:30

Monday 12.30 - 16:30

Tuesday 12.30 - 16:30

Wednesday 12.30 - 16:30

Thursday 12.30 - 16:30

Friday 12.30 - 16:30

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.