University of Cambridge Museums

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University of Cambridge Museums

The University’s collections are a world-class resource for researchers, students and members of the public. Here in Cambridge we have the country’s highest concentration of internationally important collections outside London. Use them and enjoy them!

The Fitzwilliam Museum    

Open: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 12-5pm

The Fitzwilliam Museum houses world-class collections of works of art and antiquities spanning centuries and civilisations.


Kettle’s Yard is currently closed for major redevelopment until 2017. Find out more.

A beautiful and unique house with a distinctive collection of 20th century art, and a gallery exhibiting contemporary and modern art.

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology    

Open: Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am-4.30pm
Sunday 12-4.30pm
Closed on Bank Holiday Mondays

Experience the diversity of people and cultures from around the world. Highlights include Pacific material collected on Captain Cook’s voyages of exploration and the 14-metre-high totem pole from Canada.


The museum is currently closed for major refurbishment. Find out more.

Tracing the evolution of animal life the museum houses a huge variety of recent and fossil animals; including intricately beautiful shells, a comprehensive collection of British birds, a spectacular whale skeleton and many other large skeletons of mammals.

Museum of Classical Archaeology    

Open: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-1pm (University term time only)
Closed on Bank Holiday Mondays
Schools and groups must book in advance

One of Cambridge’s hidden gems the museum houses one of the world’s largest collections of plaster casts of Greek and Roman statues, originally gathered in the late 19th century.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science    

Open: Monday-Friday 12.30-4.30pm
Closed on Bank Holiday Mondays

An internationally important collection of scientific instruments and models, dating from the Middle Ages to the present, demonstrating the vitality of past science.


Open: Monday-Friday 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
Open Bank Holiday Mondays

The museum houses fossils, rocks and minerals from around the world and explores more than 500 million years of Earth’s history.

The Polar Museum    

Open: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Open Bank Holiday Mondays, closed Bank Holiday Saturdays

Housing collections on all aspects of life in the polar regions, exploration, history and modern polar science, the museum tells the story of planet Earth’s coldest, driest, windiest, highest and deadliest places.

Botanic Garden    

Garden Open:
10am-6pm April to September
10am-5pm February, March and October
10am-4pm November to January

A showcase for over 8000 plant species from around the world, the Garden includes nine national collections, all immaculately displayed amongst the finest arboretum in the region.

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'Hangsha Salim, a 78 year-old Konyak Naga man with facial tattoo.' Photo by Peter Bos, (2016)

This stunning image forms a part of Another India, a new exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, opening tomorrow, 
8 March 2017 - 22 April 2018.

Marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from Britain, Another India examines the complex histories of some remarkable items from minority populations in India, and reveals how they came to be in the collections in Cambridge.

This exhibition forms part of the University of Cambridge Museum's India Unboxed season. #indiaunboxed #india #cambridge #museums #photography The Whipple Museum of the History of Science's Anatomical model of a frog, lit up as part of Twilight at the Museums. A night for families to explore collections after-hours. 🐸 #camtwilight #cambridge #museums The Museum of Zoology is going to reopen later this year. This fine backbone / rib cage is going to be a key feature. #skeleton #finback #cambridge #museum 'A tennis ball, 1988'

Why does the Whipple Museum of the History of Science have a tennis ball in its collection?

This ball demonstrates the possibility of using four or more sets in a Venn diagram. Cambridge statistician Anthony Edwards worked with frustration over 2D Venn diagrams, which can only accommodate four sets by using distorted ellipses. Using a tennis ball he noted that by continually dividing the sphere with a curved line in a shape "precisely that of the seam of a tennis ball", it was possible to create a Venn diagram of four or more equally-sized sets.

This tennis ball is part of an exhibition called 'Why is this Here (WTH) at the Whipple Museum, showcasing objects that make museum staff wonder why on earth they're in a museum.

#tennisball #wth #museum #science Another fisheye view, this time from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Taken from the Andrews Gallery (dedicated to world archaeology) looking down on the Maudslay gallery (displaying the museum's principal Anthropology collection). Well worth a visit. #museum #archaeology #anthropology #cambridge #fisheyeclip A fisheye view of the @cubotanicgarden Glasshouse. The central Palm House and adjoining wings are dedicated to Tropical Rainforests - not a bad place to escape the cold weather! #garden #winter #plants #brassmonkey
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