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Our Place in Space at the Whipple Museum

Drop in to the Whipple Museum for an Our Place in Space themed hands-on creative activity and check out their amazing collection of historical scientific instruments and teaching tools!

  • 1st August 2022 - 26th August 2022
  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Centered around an epic scale model of the solar system designed by the artist Oliver Jeffers with scientist Professor Stephen Smartt and a creative team led by Nerve Centre, Our Place in Space is a three-dimensional sculpture trail, interactive AR app and exciting learning and events programme.

Explore the 18th century Grand Orrery built by George Adams, William Herschel’s Newtonian telescope and a stunning collection of globes and planetaria!

The museum’s collections are particularly strong in objects dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries, especially objects produced by English instrument makers. From instruments of astronomy, navigation, and surveying, to drawing and calculating…Come on down and explore with Our Place in Space.

The Our Place in Space drop-in activity sessions are available on several days throughout August:

Monday August 1

Tuesday August 2

Thursday August 4

Friday August 5

Tuesday August 23

Thursday August 25

Friday August 26

All sessions run from 14.00-15.30pm.

Accessibility Facilities

  • Accessibility Guide
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Designated wheelchair public toilet
  • Staff available to assist
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Did you know?

Bringing the river to life in raucous style each June, ‘The Bumps’ are a chaotic series of rowing races. In this Cambridge tradition, which dates back to the early 19th Century, boats set out in single file and must catch and touch, or ‘bump’, the boat ahead without being caught by the rowers on their tail.