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Department of Physics

Educational Outreach

Studying at Cambridge


Visit the Cavendish Museum

The Cavendish Museum is open to groups of up to four between 10am and 4pm (last admission at 3pm) on weekdays, and to larger groups with prior arrangement.


The Cavendish Museum is open to groups of 4 or smaller for unfacilitated visits between the hours of 10am and 4pm (with last admission at 3pm), Monday to Friday. Visitors should enter at reception and ask for further information. Please see here for information about our location and how to get to the Cavendish Laboratory.

  • We strongly recommend that the museum displays are only suitable for children over the age of 11 and all children must be under adult supervision.
  • All visitors must call reception (+44 1223 337200) before travelling, to avoid disappointment.
  • Currently there is no parking on the Cavendish site and we recommend that visitors use the public transport provided in the U bus service (timetable).


More than 4 people constitutes a group visit and MUST be booked in advance according to the predominant age of the visitors in the group (i.e. school groups or adult visitors).

  • We advise that groups book at least 2 months in advance and booking is dependant on staff availability.
  • Groups who arrive without confirmed permission of either Dr Jardine-Wright or Mrs Hope-Coles will necessarily be turned away.
  • There is no parking for coaches or minibuses on the Cavendish site but they may drop off vistors and return later to collect.

Groups of visitors aged 11-19 or student groups

  • Educational groups aged 11-19 should arrange a visit to the museum through the educational Outreach Office.

  • Total on site group size must be smaller than 25 and accompanied by at least one teacher or adult.

  • Educational groups may visit the museum for free (as long as they are not booked through a tour company), however donations to the upkeep and development of our collections are very gratefully received.

  • Please note that the tour is a history of physics discoveries made at the Cavendish and is quite technical, so a decent level of English proficiency is advised for those attending.
  • For a virtual tour of what is on display in our collection follow the link to, the outreach portal to a virtual view of the Cavendish.

Adult Groups

  • All adult groups professional or amateur should contact Mrs Leona Hope-Coles, PA to the head of department to discuss visits and booking.
  • Groups should be aware that there may be a per head charge for the visit to cover staff time and the maintenance and development of our collection and display.
  • For a virtual tour of what is on display in our collection follow the link to, the outreach portal to a virtual view of the Cavendish.

Working Lab Tours

We do not offer tours of the working laboratories.

  • School students who are interested in finding out more about physics at university should visit our large offer of more insightful opportunities on this outreach site.
  • If you are an undergraduate student thinking about postgraduate study at the Cavendish please see our graduate admissions pages and our current research pages.