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The front door of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Welcome to the Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Holiday Closure

The museum wil be closed on 16th December and will remain closed until 9th January.


Please note that groups of 10 or more people must book in advance. Please email us at

Our Opening Times:

We are now 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!

Contact us:


Telephone: 01223 330906

Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH

How to find us

The Museum has two entrances. If you are a booked group of less than 10, please come to the Main Entrance on Free School Lane. This is suitable for visitors who are comfortable climbing a flight of stairs.


Visitors requiring step-free access or groups of more than 10 should use our back entrance, which is accessable via the Pembroke Arch (see below).

The route to our step-free entrance is currently blocked by construction. If you need step-free access to the Museum, please call us on 01223 330906 and we will arrange for the construction to be paused to provide access.


Our entrance on Free School Lane is open as usual.


Route to Step-Free Entrance


By train: Cambridge Station is a 25 minute or 1.1 mile walk from the museum. Trains run frequently to London Kings Cross (55 minute journey time). Taxis and buses run frequently from the station to the city centre.

By bus: The Museum is an 8 minute or 650 metre walk from the main bus station at Drummer Street. See bus timetables.

By car: There is no visitor parking. We encourage our visitors to use the Cambridge Park and Ride facilities wherever possible. If you wish to park in the city centre, the Grand Arcade multi-storey car park on Corn Exchange Street is the closest car park to the Museum. This car park has blue badge parking for disabled visitors.

Bicycle parking: There are bike racks outside our front and back entrances.

Street signage showing directions to the Whipple Museum


Taking photographs and drawing in the Museum

Visitors are welcome to take and share photos for non-commercial purposes. Anyone wishing to take photos for purposes with commercial potential must contact the Museum in advance.

The use of tripods, selfie sticks, external flashes, lighting are not permitted within the Museum.

Visitors are not permitted to film other visitors (except their own friends and family, with their permission).

Production companies interested in using the Museum as a filming location should contact the Museum. Please note that filming is not permitted during public opening hours.

Viewing specific objects

The Museum has an extensive collection, and not all objects are on display. If you are interested in viewing a particular object, please contact us to check whether it is currently on display.

Opening Times

The museum is now open (altough the Learning Gallery is temporarily closed).

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!