Museum of Classical Archaeology

Museum Classical Archeology
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The Museum of Classical Archaeology is one of nine University of Cambridge museums and collections. Why not leave the hustle and bustle of the city centre behind to discover a whole new way of seeing ancient art? Our cast gallery houses over 450 plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture, each of which has its own story to tell.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 5.00pm. Saturdays in University term time only: 10.00am to 1.00pm.

All schools and groups must book with us at least in advance.
For school and group bookings please contact:
Telephone: (01223) 330402
E-mail: museum-education@classics.cam.ac.uk

Admission charges

Free

Collection details

Archaeology

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

The Labours of Herakles

  • 17 April — 14 August 2015 *on now

Hercules – most famous of all the Greek heroes – steps directly out of a Greek vase and into the New World in this series of beautifully observed lithographs and etchings. New Zealand artist Marian Maguire imagines Herakles as nineteenth-century colonist, venturing into a landscape where his labours are both mundane and extraordinary.

Marrying classical myth and colonial narratives, this exhibition weaves together untold stories of clashing cultures and competing aesthetics. Set against the atmospheric backdrop of the classical casts, the works invite the viewer to question what it means to be a hero – whether in ancient or more recent pasts. Maguire turns a knowing gaze on New Zealand history and early European contact and colonisation, enlivened with gentle humour and a keen eye for detail.

Please note that the Museum is open 10:00-17:00 on weekdays. (Saturday openings: 10:00-13:00 between 24/04/2015-06/06/2015.)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/museum/things-to-do/exhibitions/current-museum-exhibitions

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.
Manaia: Maori performing arts company

Haka Workshop for Children

  • 3 August 2015 2:50-4pm

Come and learn about the haka with Maori performing arts company, Manaia. Discover what the haka means, and learn the words and the actions. Learn about Maori culture and get your own Maori tattoo (temporary).

For children aged 7-13. Pre-booking necessary at https://dothehaka.eventbrite.co.uk.

Please note that this workshop will take place outside (unless the weather is inclement). We will meet at the Museum before taking a very short walk to Newnham College's sports grounds together. We politely request that participants arrive on time for this workshop and suggest that children wear sun cream.

This event is run in conjunction with our current exhibition "The Labours of Herakles" by New Zealand artist Marian Maguire.

For more information on Manaia, check out their website at http://www.manaia.co.uk.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free

Website

https://dothehaka.eventbrite.co.uk

Manaia: Maori performing arts group

Haka Workshop for Children

  • 3 August 2015 12:50-2pm

Come and learn about the haka with Maori performing arts company, Manaia. Discover what the haka means, and learn the words and the actions. Learn about Maori culture and get your own Maori tattoo (temporary).

For children aged 7-13. Pre-booking necessary at https://hakaworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk.

Please note that this workshop will take place outside (unless the weather is inclement). We will meet at the Museum before taking a very short walk to Newnham College's sports grounds together. We politely request that participants arrive on time for this workshop and suggest that children wear sun cream.

This event is run in conjunction with our current exhibition "The Labours of Herakles" by New Zealand artist Marian Maguire.

For more information on Manaia, check out their website at http://www.manaia.co.uk.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free

Website

https://hakaworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk

The Labours of Herakles by Marian Maguire

Potty about Herakles

  • 4 August 2015 2-3:30pm

Discover the adventures of Herakles, the ultimate Greek hero, with our Labours of Herakles exhibition. We’ll also be handling pieces of ancient Greek pottery and designing our own Herakles inspired Greek vases.

For ages 7-11. Pre-book.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Free

Website

https://pottyaboutherakles.eventbrite.co.uk

The mystery unfolds with Marion Leeper...

CSI Classics: Detectives at the Museum

  • 7 August 2015 2-4pm

Yet again the Museum is calling out for young and willing detectives to help them solve antique crimes with storyteller Marion Leeper. Will it be a missing person, a long-forgotten body, or a plague of wild animals? Come to the Museum to find out.

For ages 7-11. Pre-book.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Free

Website

https://museumdetectives.eventbrite.co.uk

Digging for buried treasure

Meet the Greeks

  • 12 August 2015 1-5pm

Step back in time with us as we learn all about the ancient Greeks. Come along for craft activities, to do our Greeks trail and more!

For all ages. Drop-in.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/events/meetthegreeks2015

Medusa from the Temple of Artemis, Corcyra

Museum Tour

  • 14 August 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Step into the past and take a tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology with our Curator.

For all ages. Drop-in.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/events/museumtour

A chance to try on Roman armour and togas!

Meet the Romans

  • 19 August 2015 1-5pm

Step back in time with us as we learn all about the ancient Romans. Have your photo taken in Roman armour, make a mosaic, follow our Romans trail and more!

For all ages. Drop-in.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Medusa from the Temple of Artemis, Corcyra

Museum Tour

  • 21 August 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Step into the past and take a tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology with our Curator.

For all ages. Drop-in.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/events/museumtour

The mystery unfolds with Marion Leeper...

CSI Classics: Detectives at the Museum

  • 25 August 2015 2-4pm

Yet again the Museum is calling out for young and willing detectives to help them solve antique crimes with storyteller Marion Leeper. Will it be a missing person, a long-forgotten body, or a plague of wild animals? Come to the Museum to find out.

For ages 7-11. Pre-book.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Free

Website

https://detectivesatmuseum.eventbrite.co.uk

Museum of Classical Archaeology
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB3 9DA
England

Website

www.classics.cam.ac.uk/museum

E-mail

Enquiries about school visits and group bookings

museum-education@classics.cam.ac.uk

Dr. Susanne Turner (Curator)

smt41@cam.ac.uk

Jennie Thornber (Education and Outreach Coordinator)

jlt39@cam.ac.uk

Telephone

General enquiries

01223 335153

Education and Outreach Coordinator

O1223 767044

Fax

01223 335409

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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