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 wood-engravings 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.
Skiffle and Drawing: the Fitzwilliam at Night
- 16 May 2014 5-9pm
Listen to live music with a vintage skiffle band (www.annasin.co.uk) adding atmosphere to our Courtyard and a taste of Cycle of Songs in Gallery 3, the new project that will be celebrating the launch of the Tour de France from Cambridge on July 7th.
Enjoy our Courtyard Cafe and shop which will be open late. Get help from our welcome desk who will give directions, hand out trails to help you explore and offer practical drawing activities to try in the galleries.
Hear explanatory talks about our conservation work in the Seminar Room
Sign up for an information theme based tour called 'Exploring Boundaries' led by Philip Stephenson, Senior Lecturer at Homerton College and Julia Tozer, former Head of Education at The Fitz, with plenty of chance for discussion.
- Any age