Visiting the Whipple Museum

The front door to the Whipple Museum and the Department of HPS
The front door of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science. The carving over the door, which reads 'Laboratory of Physical Chemistry', reflects one of the building's former uses. You can read more about the previous uses of the Museum's building on the history of the Museum page.
Map showing the location of the Whipple Museum. View large image (240k) [~/images/visiting/mapweblarge.gif]

The Whipple Museum has re-opened!

We have been closed for essential work on our historic building and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. Our skylights have been replaced, secondary glazing added to the Main Gallery window, lighting improved and flooring overhauled.

Opening hours

The Museum is open from 12:30-4:30pm from Monday-Friday. Admission is free and open to all.

Please also note that the Museum is closed for bank holidays.


The Museum's entrance is located on Free School Lane, (between Bene't Street and Pembroke Street) in the centre of Cambridge. See map for details. [~/images/visiting/mapweblarge.gif]

Our wheelchair accessible entrance is located via Downing Street on the University's New Museum's Site.

We are situated very close to the other University Museums, King's Parade and 'the backs'.

Getting to the Museum

We encourage visitors to use the Cambridge Park and Ride facilities wherever possible. Please be aware that parking in Cambridge city centre can be expensive. If you do 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.

Travelling to Cambridge

Cambridge is easily accessible by road via the M11 and A14. By train Cambridge can be reached in under 1 hour from London. The railway station is situated just over a mile from the Museum (a 20-30 min walk, or a short bus or taxi ride - take any bus to the city centre and get off at the bus station). The bus station is situated on Drummer Street and is a 5-10 minute walk from the Museum. See map for details. [~/images/visiting/mapweblarge.gif]

Group visits

The Whipple Museum welcomes visits by organised groups. We ask that groups book in advance by email; please see our group bookings page for more information.

Photography policy

Visitors are permitted to take photographs in the galleries for their personal, educational use only. Photographs must not be reproduced or published in any form, including on the internet.

Use of flash or tripods is not permitted.

If you wish to use an image of an object from the Museum's collection, please see our image request pages for more information.

Viewing particular objects

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

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