From Egyptian coffins to Impressionist masterpieces – the Fitzwilliam Museum’s world-class collections of art and antiquities span centuries and civilizations.
Closed Mon (except Bank Holidays when open 12.00-17.00) Closed Good Friday; 24,25,26 & 31 Dec and 1 Jan.
The Fitzwilliam Museum has magnificent permanent collections of international importance. The entire collection is a Designated Collection of national importance.
Holdings include antiquities from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome; English and European pottery and glass; furniture, clocks, fans and armour, coins, medals, illuminated, literary and music manuscripts and rare printed books; paintings, including masterpieces by Simone Martini, Domenico Veneziano, Veronese, Titian, Rubens, Hals, Van Dyck, Canaletto, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Constable, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Monet and Picasso, portrait miniatures and 20th century art, and changing displays of drawings, watercolours and prints. The collections also include artefacts from Sudan and Cyprus, and Chinese, Japanese and Korean art, rugs and samplers.
Founded in 1816, the Museum is housed in splendid buildings, the first of which, designed by George Basevi opened in 1848.
Items from this collection
Weapons and War, Music, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archaeology
Key artists and exhibits
- Ancient Egypt, Sudan
- Greece and Rome
- Roman and Romano-Egyptian Art
- Western Asiatic displays and Cypriot Art
- English and European pottery and glass, furniture, clocks, fans, armour
- Chinese, Japanese and Korean art
- Simone Martini, Domenico Veneziano, Titian, Veronese, Rubens, Van Dyck, Hals, Canaletto, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Constable, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Picasso
- Designated Collection
A world of private mystery: John Craxton, RA (1922 -2009)
- 2 December 2013 — 21 April 2014 *on now
The major exhibition this winter at the Fitzwilliam Museum celebrates the life and career of 20th century British artist John Craxton. A world of private mystery traces his development as an artist, both through his travels, later life in Crete and the influence of other major artists during his lifetime.
'The willow trees are nice and amazing, but I would prefer an olive tree growing out of a Greek ruin,' John Craxton in Cambridge 1943
- Any age
La Grande Guerre: French prints of the First World War
- 20 May — 28 September 2014
The first seven months of World War I are dramatically illustrated in the colour lithographs and woodcuts of the series La Grande Guerre. Scenes of action in the form of battles, sieges and airstrikes are punctuated by moments of relative repose, including commemorations, award ceremonies and depictions of the Allied forces, such as the English and Scottish taking five o’clock tea and Indian soldiers at prayer.
The prints will be shown in chronological order, so visitors to the gallery can experience a retelling of events from the perspective of France, from the taking of the first flag during the Battle of Saint-Blaise La Roche (14 August 1914) to the Fall of Przemysl (22 March 1915).
- Any age
Museums at Night
- 16 May 2014 5-9pm
Come and explore the Fitzwilliam Museum and its world class collections after hours.
• Listen to a selection of song poems in Gallery 3 – part of Cycle of Songs, which celebrates the start of the third stage of Le Tour de France from Cambridge on 7 July.
• Learn about our conservation work with special talks down in the Seminar Room.
• Sign up for 'Exploring Boundaries' - a unique museum tour led by Philip Stephenson (Senior Lecturer, Homerton College) and Julia Tozer (former Head of Education at the Fitzwilliam), with plenty of chance for discussion.
• Make your way to our welcome desk for Museum trails and drawing activities to try in the galleries.
• Stop for a break in our Courtyard café and listen to live music by a vintage skiffle band. Then treat yourself to a unique gift from our Museum shop.
Late night openings will also be taking place at Kettle’s Yard, The Polar Museum, Whipple Museum, Museum of Classical Archaeology and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. For full details visit: www.cam.ac.uk/museums
- Any age