Forthcoming Events

The Whipple Museum is now closed until January 2019 for essential work on our historic building. Although our building will be closed, we will be bringing the History of Science to a variety of locations for events across Cambridge.

For fun family days out for all ages, check out Summer at the Museums []!

Big Weekend: Make and Create Tent

Parker's Piece, Saturday 14th July 2018, 12 - 5pm

Join the University of Cambridge Museums to enjoy hands-on activities inspired by the collections. Plus pick up an action-packed Summer at Museums programme for families. We'll be there making models of different celestial movements - looking at eclipses, transits and orbits!

Free, drop in. Ages 4+


Sedgwick Museum, Thursday 26th July 2018, 10am - 1pm

We're joining the Sedgwick Museum to explore different types of brain and how we understand them. Have a closer look and make your own thinking cap and model brain.

Free, drop in. Age 5+.

Digital Dark Materials at Fitz Family Art Week

Fitzwilliam Museum, Tuesday 31st July, Wednesday 1st August, Thursday 2nd August and Saturday 4th August, 11.30am - 1.30pm

This summer join us for pop-up workshops at The Fitzwilliam Museum: make your own moving, digitally-enhanced alethiometer, inspired by the ADC production of His Dark Materials and the Whipple's exciting collections.

Ages 8 - 12. Free but bookable. For bookings phone 01223 332904 or email education at fitzmuseum dot cam dot ac dot uk

Time-Travelling Scientists

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Monday 6th August, 12-4pm

Step back in time to find out about science in ancient Greece and Rome. How did they build impressive buildings? How did they cure their illnesses? And how did they make sense of the stars? Find out with the help of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science.

Free, drop in. All ages.

Science Detectives

Saturday 18th August, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Calling all detectives in training! Join us for a day of science and problem solving at the University of Cambridge Museums. Hone your scientific skills in preparation for a forensic investigation at the Botanic Gardens in the afternoon.

Drop-off at the Museum of Zoology. Pick up at the Botanic Gardens. Sessions will be run by the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, the Polar Museum, the Sedgwick Museum, the Museum of Zoology and the Botanic Gardens.

Suitable for 8-11 years old who have not yet started secondary school.

Booking essential, £10 per child: Book here []

Whipple Wildlife

Museum of Zoology, Tuesday 21st August 10.00am - 12.00pm, 2.00 - 4.00pm

Spotted an animal in the wild? The Whipple will use past zoologists' tried and tested techniques to help you hone your investigative skills so you can get a better look.

Drop in, free. Ages 4+

All at Sea

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Thursday 30th August, 1-4pm

Learn how people from across the world have navigated the oceans with help from the Whipple Museum. Use a compass to explore the Museum and play a Pacific-themed trading game. Then make your own bean map to take home.

Free, drop in. All ages.

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Mind your head: Phrenology at the Whipple

Whipple Library, Friday 14th September, 10.00am - 4.00pm.

Visit the Whipple Library for a special display of pamphlets, books, models and ephemera relating to phrenology with the Whipple Museum of the History of Science. Investigate the products of the nineteenth-century pseudoscience that declared personal characteristics were represented by the shape of your head. Gain a better understanding of the humorous misunderstandings as well as problematic misuses of the quack science that preceded psychology, and follow guides for your own phrenological diagnosis.

Free, drop in. Adults.

There are currently no events planned for the near future. Please check back soon for updates.

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