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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.


Enjoy a virtual tour of the Museum's 75th anniversary exhibition with the Curator of Modern Sciences, Dr Joshua Nall.


With your little ones, try a fun learning activity inspired by our collections.


Explore some of our collections in more detail here on our website, including in-depth articles and images that tell you more about a selection of our objects and subject areas.


Book an online learning session for your school class, uniformed organisation, or homeschoolers. Sessions typically last up to an hour and include practical activities to do at home or at school, looking at objects, and a chance to ask questions.

  • Email our Learning Coordinator, Alison Giles to set up a session at


Read essays by renowned historians of science in our latest publication, Objects and Investigations. Each chapter focuses on a specific instrument or group of objects, ranging from an English medieval astrolabe to a curious collection of plaster chicken heads.


Watch presentations on some of our objects with unheard stories and enjoy visitors’ own creative interpretations.


Follow us on Twitter for daily tweets on fantastic objects, stories from our collections, and behind-the-scenes activities.


Buy homeware inspired by our John Stevens Henslow collection of botanical prints in the Curating Cambridge online shop.


We can’t wait to welcome you back in person, but in the meantime, stay safe and enjoy these resources!

Opening Times

We will be closed on Thursday 2nd June and 3rd June. We will reopen on 6th June.

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.