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The Whipple Museum from Home

14 January 2021

Although we are currently closed to visitors, you can still enjoy the Whipple Museum from home in the following ways: Search and browse through records and images of close to 7,000 objects, as well as records of our Trade Literature. Access our collections portal here . Enjoy a virtual tour of the Museum's 75th anniversary...

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Boxwood sector showing a representation of the heavens

Tools of Knowledge

5 January 2021

From January, the AHRC is funding the project 'Tools of Knowledge: Modelling the Creative Communities of the Scientific Instrument Trade, 1550-1914', based in the Whipple Museum. Working with an interdisciplinary team, 'Tools of Knowledge' will apply cutting-edge methods of digital analysis to data on almost four centuries...

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Cushion designs based on Henslow prints

A perfect Whipple-themed gift!

12 November 2020

A new range of Henslow-themed products has been launched at the University's ' Curating Cambridge ' online shop. Combining science and art, items from this new Henslow range make the perfect gift for those with an eye for the unusual. During his tenure as Professor of Botany at the University of Cambridge, Henslow (1796 -...

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Screenshot of Collections Portal

Launch of Online Collections Portal

4 November 2020

The Whipple Museum collections are now fully online! Like other museums, only a small proportion of our collection is on display at any one time and, in the current public health situation, physical access to museums has become very challenging. But now you can search and browse through records and images of close to 7,000...

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Summer at the Museum

Summer with the Museums

28 July 2020

This year we're bringing the museums to you! Normally, the summer is a busy time for museums with all sorts of family events and activities happening throughout the holidays. This year, although many of our museums are not open to visitors just yet, you can still enjoy some museum-themed fun. See the University of...

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Francis Hookham portrait with calculator collection, 1988

Francis Hookham (1931–2020)

8 April 2020

The staff of the Whipple Museum are saddened to learn of the passing of longtime friend of the Museum Francis Hookham, who died peacefully on March 25th. Francis is known to many of our visitors through his much-loved collection of pocket electronic calculators, which he donated to the Museum in 1988. The collection was...

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Objects and Investigations: The Whipple's 75th Annivesary publication

New publication: Objects and Investigations

6 February 2020

Objects and Investigations: to Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of R. S. Whipple's Gift to the University of Cambridge

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Mr Whipple's first purchase, a telescope from Tours

Now open: Our 75th anniversary exhibition

6 February 2020

Novermber 2019 marked the 75th anniversary of Robert Whipple's donation of scientific instruments and rare books to the University of Cambridge

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Opening Times

We will be reopening on 17th May!

Booking is essential, but tickets are free. They will be available from Tuesday 11th May at the University of Cambridge Museums website. Tickets will be available for the following week.

Slots are as below:

Monday 12.30 - 14.00

Wednesday 12.30 - 14.00

Friday 12.30 - 14.00

We are looking forward to welcoming you back!