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Department and Museum entrance on Free School Lane

Welcome to the Whipple Museum of the History of Science.

Our Opening Times:

Following Government guidance, all University of Cambridge Museums are closed until further notice, to help protect visitors, staff and the wider community.

Contact us:


Telephone: 01223 330906

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

How to find us

Map to Museum's back entrance

The Museum is located on the New Museums Site.

Due to the Covid-19 related restrictions, the Museum is only accessible through it's back entrance -- we suggest using the Pembroke Arch, near the Zoology Museum, to get onto site (see above).

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

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!