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


Bring your subject to life with our cross-curricular, active and engaging gallery and studio sessions taught within our extraordinary collections. Come up close to an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus, study the brush strokes on a painting by Monet or explore line, pattern and shapes through the amazing architecture and sculpture: whatever your topic with over 40 different sessions to choose from you are sure to find something to excite and inspire your pupils, from Early Years to Key Stage 5.

Click on a session below for more details and a list of linked resources, then contact us on 01223 332904 or  to book, or to discuss your needs. Most sessions are free (charges apply for studio workshops) and travel bursaries are available for schools meeting our criteria.

Please note that we are now operating a new booking system for schools.

Bookings for Spring Term 2018 open on Monday 14th November

Bookings for Summer Term 2018 open on Monday 13th February

Poems & Pictures

Use paintings to stimulate vocabulary and create group poems.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, History, KS1, KS2


Explore how are we different from one another by looking at art in this introductary session looking at portraits.

Tags: Art & Design, KS1, PSHE, Science

Museum Explorers

Discover how the museum grew from an idea to what you see today in this new session designed for the Museum's 200th birthday celebrations.

Tags: EYFS, KS1, KS2


Explore the use and properties of different materials including metals, clay and paint throughout the museum.

Tags: Art & Design, Discovery, Exploration, KS1, KS2, Materials, Science


Investigate different types of journey as you move around the museum; from holidays at the seaside, to bugs and beetles finding food and soldiers marching into battle.

Tags: Art & Design, Discovery, Exploration, Geography, History, KS1, Local Interest

Image and Identity

Explore people through art and different periods in time and discuss the ideas and who controls and creates images. How would you want to be seen in the future? 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Beliefs, Citizenship, Famous People, History, KS3, KS4, KS5

Gothic Literature

Explore the world of Gothic Literature through art, this session, aimed at A'Level students, explores Gothic writers included on the exam syllabus and influences from the visual arts, a great opportunity to bring this subject to life in the historic setting of the Fitzwilliam Museum. This session allows for critical thinking, discussion and creative writing extensions. 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, Exam Themes, Famous People, KS4, KS5

GCSE, A'Level and BTEC themes

Link your current art theme to the wealth of artefacts within the museum collection.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Exam Themes, KS3, KS4

Extended Projects

Research our collections as part of your project brief with support from our Learning Team.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Citizenship, Design & Technology, English, Exam Themes, History, KS5

Creative Writing Through Art

Explore paintings to inspire vocabulary and create stories, dialogue or poetry.


Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

Musical Magic at the Museum

Wed, 07 Mar 2018

At the Fitzwilliam Museum we are passionate about sharing great art with our audiences from their earliest years. Working alongside the Academy of Ancient Music meant that we could introduce great music too! We were approached by the Academy of Ancient Music, who are the orchestra-in-residence at the University of Cambridge, to investigate the possibility of bringing art and music... Read full article

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