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Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00
FREE ADMISSION

  • Kids in the galleries

Upcoming Family Events

Self-guided Activities

We have a range of free activities available from the front desks during museum opening times.

 

Fitz Kits

For families with children aged 5-12

Take an adventure tour around the gallery with one of our Fitz Kit boxes which contain a selection of interactive games and puzzles.

In partnership with Brookes Cambridge

 

Gallery trails

For families with children aged 5-12

Choose from a selection of gallery trails to travel to amazing lands and far off places.

The trails are available from the front desks during museum opening times and can be downloaded as PDF documents below. Pick one up from the welcome desk, or print out at home.

 

From One Life to the Next: A trail in the Egyptian Galleries

Join Anubis, the Ancient Egyptian god of mummification and go on a journey to Africa to explore Ancient Egypt and beyond! This trail looks at Ramesses, mummification and the afterlife.

 

Picture Adventure: A Journey Through the Paintings Galleries

Go on a voyage to discover paintings across history. Explore Renaissance altarpieces, Dutch still lifes and French Impressionist landscapes.

 

Thereby Hangs a Tale: A Shakespeare Trail

Join Elizabeth Vernon, a tudor countess to explore the wonderful world of William Shakespeare. See armour, miniatures, ancient sculpture and more. 

 

Nursery Rhymes: A Journey through the Pottery Gallery

Enjoy rhymes that families have been sharing for centuries as you follow the trail through a range of fun ceramic objects. Great for under 5s.

 

Colour

Use this trail to find colour in the Museum. Colour changes the way we think, feel and understand the art we are looking at.

 

In partnership with Brookes Cambridge

 

Story Starters

For families with children aged 2-6

Pick up a satchel containing a picture book & related activities to help little ones explore the galleries.

 

Drawing materials

All ages

Borrow some of our drawing materials to explore the collection through sketching.  

 

Baby Play Mat

 0 – 2 yrs

Collect a play mat full of carefully selected resources that connect with themes and objects in the collection.

 

Ages are a guide only. You are welcome to choose resources to suit your family. Contact us at to talk about what we can offer.  

 

Family Visiting Tips

The Fitzwilliam is a great place to bring children. Entry is always free (including special exhibitions). You will see paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and more. Don’t feel like you need to see the entire Museum in one day. It’s a big place and worth many visits.

 

Before you begin:

  • Pick up a map at the entrance desk
  • Help us keep the artwork safe by not touching or climbing on objects
  • Always walk, don’t run
  • Please don’t eat or drink in the galleries.
  • Children under 14 must always be accompanied by an adult
  • And remember, security guards protect you and the art; please respect their requests

 

Ideas for your visit:

  • Sketch: Using paper and pencils, sketch what you see in the galleries.
  • Imagine: As you look at paintings, imagine the sights, sounds, and smells you would experience if you stepped inside. Try striking a pose like the sculptures you see.
  • Search for colours, faces, crowns, or animals; choose a culture to explore (ancient Egypt, medieval knights). Not sure where to start? Pick up a trail or Fitz Kit at the information desk and search for objects by theme.
  • Play a gallery game. For example, “I spy”, or a memory game together. Look at a work of art for a few minutes. Then, turn around and describe what you saw.
  • After Your Visit Discuss together each person’s favourite object or gallery. Create a work of art together when you get home.
  • Come back for more!

 

Eating: A children's menu is available in the café. During weekends and most school holidays the schools lunchroom is available for families to eat packed lunches. Please check at the information desks for availability.

Bags and Pushchairs: There is level access at the Courtyard Entrance for families with pushchairs or those who need disabled access. Buggies are allowed in all galleries, but unfortunately not back-pack style child carriers. Secure facilities for coats and bags are available at museum entrances. Buggies and pushchairs can be left in the school lunchroom during weekends and for most days during school holidays at the owners own risk. Please check at the information desks for availability.

Nursing: Unfortunately we do not have a dedicated space for breastfeeding. Many families prefer the café.

Baby-changing: Located near both entrances on the lower ground floor, including accessible toilets.

Arts Pioneers: a monthly club for young people with physical and learning disabilities

Thu, 22 Feb 2018

The Arts Pioneers is a monthly Saturday club based at the Fitzwilliam Museum that encourages disabled young people to be inspired by the richly diverse arts and science collections of the eight University of Cambridge Museums and the Botanic Garden. The club is for young people aged 11-15, who are eligible for Short Breaks funding. The University of Cambridge Museums... Read full article


Digital Maker in Residence: Month 1

Wed, 21 Feb 2018

Katy Marshall joined the University of Cambridge Museums as our Digital Maker in Residence in January. Here are her reflections on a busy first month. As cliched as it sounds, it honestly feels like January has flown by. It’s been a busy month of meeting with the museums, being introduced to the various staff members and discussing ideas and content... Read full article


Once upon a time in Coventry….

Mon, 05 Feb 2018

Nicola travelled to Coventry for the Family Friendly Conference to share ideas about what makes museums ‘family friendly’. She ran a workshop on ‘Creating Stories with Museum Objects’, and heard case studies and stories from other museums around the UK. Once upon a time there lived a Museum Educator who really loved stories.  Scary stories, wordless stories, fantastical stories, life... Read full article


King’s Hedges Trailblazers: A Partnership Project

Fri, 26 Jan 2018

King’s Hedges Educational Federation and the Fitzwilliam Museum have been developing a strategic partnership for a number of years.  In Summer 2017, the whole school took part in museum visits linked to different themes they were studying at school.  Each class contributed to the creation of a new Fitz Families Trail around the museum to encourage children to return to... Read full article


Sensory Story: experiencing the world of a baby bird through sense

Mon, 08 Jan 2018

The Museum of Zoology is bringing the animal kingdom to life in new and exciting ways. Our new sensory story bags ask visitors to experience the world of a baby bird through light, sound, touch and smell, and hopes to open up this world to visitors with special educational and access needs. The Museum of Zoology is undergoing a big... Read full article