Fitzwilliam Museum

Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB2 1RB
England

Website

www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

E-mail

fitzmuseum-enquiries@lists.cam.ac.uk

Telephone

01223 332900

Fax

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.

Venue Type:

Museum

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

Free

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.

Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums

  • 27 May — 27 July 2014 *on now

Following recent success at London’s Two Temple Place, the Fitzwilliam Museum is pleased to be able to display a smaller version of the Discoveries exhibition - the first major show to bring together the fascinating collections from all eight University of Cambridge Museums.

The exhibition challenges and responds to the very notion of ‘discovery’, displaying objects that span millennia; from artworks to scientific artefacts, historic instruments to rare zoological specimens. It is about imagination and knowledge, the pleasures of looking and the power of objects to generate wonder as well as new ideas.

The University of Cambridge has long been at the forefront of learning, invention, exploration and discovery across the arts and the sciences. The University of Cambridge Museums have grown alongside this research and teaching, founded and developed by scholars and collectors to house their collections of objects and works.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html?4478

Art, Revolution and War: France, 1789-1914

  • 4 March — 28 September 2014 *on now

Medals, coins and banknotes illustrate key moments in the political and artistic history of France. This display focuses on the 1789 revolution, Napoleon, the 1848 revolution, and the artistic triumphs of Art Nouveau. One of the most famous examples of the Art Nouveau style in French medals is Orphée by Marie-Alexandre Lucien Coudray (pictured right). This was exhibited to great acclaim at the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris, with thousands of copies sold to art lovers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html?4444

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La Grande Guerre: French prints of the First World War

  • 20 May — 28 September 2014 *on now

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).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html?4437

Building an Empire: Money, Trade and Power in the Age of Charlemagne

  • 3 June — 3 August 2014 *on now

This exhibition marks the 1200th anniversary of the death of Charlemagne, ‘beacon, king and father of Europe’.

A selection of the finest medieval coins from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s own collection (Frankish, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Byzantine and Islamic) will be on show to illustrate the complex political, economic and cultural ties of the period.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html?4518

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.
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La Grande Guerre: A WWI Centenary exhibition of French prints

  • 6 August 2014

Join Elenor Ling, Exhibition Curator and Researcher (Paintings, Drawings and Prints), for an exhibition talk.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12.45 on the day of the talk.

Website

http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/events/article.html?4499

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