Fitzwilliam Museum

Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street




01223 332900


01223 332923

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From Egyptian coffins to Impressionist masterpieces – the Fitzwilliam Museum’s world-class collections of art and antiquities span centuries and civilizations.

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Opening hours

Tues-Sat 1000-1700
Sun 1200-1700

Closed Mon (except Bank Holidays when open 12.00-17.00) Closed Good Friday; 24,25,26 & 31 Dec and 1 Jan.

Admission charges


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

Collection details

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Modern Heroism: Printmaking and the legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte

  • 3 February — 28 June 2015 *on now

An exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon spread liberal reform across Europe and to his supporters his legacy was that of a modern hero. Post-Napoleonic France was characterised by constant unrest and political upheaval which coincided with a revolution in printmaking as the new technique of lithography flourished. Quick and cheap to issue in large numbers, lithography became the medium through which a new generation of artists was able to disseminate its art and political views to the masses.

Highlights of the exhibition include prints by Charlet and Raffet, who contributed to Napoleon’s heroic legacy through glorifying war and military personnel; works by Delacroix and Gericault that respond to the drama and tragedy of the period; and satirical prints by Daumier.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

New oysters, fresh oysters!

  • 15 May 2015 7:30-8pm

A performance of sung street cries from the seventeenth and eighteenth-centuries by Caius Consort, to complement the Treasured Possessions exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

A dedicated follower of fashion: Fashion aficionados from the seventeenth-century and today

  • 15 May 2015 6:30-7:30pm

A talk with Ulinka Rublack, Maisie Broadhead and Isabella Newell, to complement the display ‘A Young Man’s Progress’.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

David Kindersley – Alphabetician: The Hidden Face of Lettering

  • 15 May 2015 6-7pm

An illustrated talk by Lida Kindersley, to complement the Museum display.

Suitable for

The Fitzwilliam After Hours

  • 15 May 2015 5-9pm

Come and explore the world class collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum and its exhibitions after hours, and enjoy one of the following special events.
The Courtyard café and shop will be open late too, with refreshments and cakes available from the café until 20.30.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

The Imagination Museum

  • 15 May 2015 4-4:30pm, 5-5:30pm, 7-7:30pm, 8-8:30pm

Everything is not as it seems in The Imagination Museum. Allow us to introduce you to Mildred, Henry and Harriet, three eccentric tour-guides who will bring to life a series of museum artefacts through words and movement. The Imagination Museum has been created in collaboration with writer Anna Selby, with original music by Max Perryment. It will awaken everyone’s curiosity and desire to explore the nooks and crannies of the museum space.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Admission is by timed ticket released on the day, in batches, from the Museum’s Courtyard Entrance.