What museums should I visit?

What museums should I visit?
25th February 2021 Elizabeth Percy

Some places are renowned for the amount of bars in the area and some for their castles. Cambridge has an exceptionally large number of museums within its boundaries. Mercifully, they are all ran by the same body (Cambridge University- who could have guessed) and are, therefore, located for the most part quite close to each other:

  • Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology -behold some of the earliest African stone tools, Peruvian freeze-dried potatoes that are 500 years old and Japanese Samurai armour.
  • The Polar Museum -houses various artefacts from early Antarctic explorations and details adventurers’ exploits.
  • Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences -containing a range of replica dinosaur skeletons, the oldest intact geological collection in the world and the first geological map of the UK published in 1815.
  • Museum of Classical Archaeology -walk amongst the Greeks and Romans as you explore ancient statues and artefacts.
  • Whipple Museum of the History of Science -featuring famous scientific pieces, such as Charles Darwin’s microscope, The Grand Orrery and Ingeborg Brun’s Mars Globe.
  • Museum of Zoology -containing animals old and new: a 21m fin whale, a giant ground sloth and one of the most complete Dodo skeletons in the UK.
  • The Fitzwilliam Museum -houses a huge collection of art and historical artefacts, including a Rembrandt and Nakhtefmut’s mummy case.  
  • Kettle’s Yard -a modern and contemporary art museum.

You will be amazed at the range and breadth of historical and scientific knowledge housed in just one small area of the world.