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Department and Museum entrance on Free School Lane

Welcome to the Whipple Museum of the History of Science.

All University of Cambridge Museums are currently closed to the public. The Botanic Gardens have now re-opened.

Our museums will continue to share stories and activities on their social media channels and websites until they can safely reopen.

If you have any queries about the collection, please get in touch via: 

During the general closure of the University of Cambridge Museums, do explore and download the home activities.

If you've taken part in our online activities we'd love to see the results - share them on twitter or facebook or email us at

We are also able to offer booked group learning sessions.

Our Opening Times:

The Museum is open Monday to Friday, 12.30 - 4.30pm.

Please note that we are closed on bank holidays and between Christmas and New Year.

Visitors making a special trip are advised to check opening times beforehand by contacting the Museum.

Entry to the Museum is free.

Contact us:


Telephone: 01223 330906

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

How to find us:

Take a look at the map at the bottom of this page.

The Museum's entrance is located on Free School Lane, between Bene't Street and Pembroke Street in the heart of Cambridge City Centre. Please note this entrance is not step free: step free access is available to the rear of the Museum, via the main entrance to the University's New Museums Site on Downing Street.

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.

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

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.

Street signage showing directions to the Whipple Museum


Group bookings

The Museum welcomes visits by organised groups. We ask that groups of 10+ book in advance; please see our group visits page for more information.

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

Please note:

University of Cambridge Museums are reopening to the public in phases, as soon as the respective sites can do so safely. The Whipple Museum is currently closed, but we hope to reopen within the next two months.

Our museums will continue to share stories and activities on their social media channels and websites until they can safely reopen.

For more information on re-opening, see the University of Cambridge Museum's website.

Monday - Friday, 12.30 - 4.30 pm

Closed bank holidays

Free Entry