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Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00

  • © Martin Bond
  • © Martin Bond
  • © Martin Bond

Welcome to the Fitzwilliam Museum learning department pages where you can find out about the inspiring range of learning activities and resources we offer to people of all ages.

The Museum was founded in 1816 'for the increase of learning' and in the 21st century we:

  • welcome everyone to the museum, respecting individual needs and creating a positive ongoing relationship with our cultural spaces;
  • enable learning from a wide variety of real objects in a unique environment;
  • encourage creative, independent enquiry-based learning;
  • share expertise in learning and collections; and
  • collaborate with audiences to plan our programme.

We hope to see you at the museum soon. For more information about our learning programmes, contact  or 01223 332904


  • Working with the Children in the Early Years

    The museum runs an innovative programme of sessions for children aged 0-5 years. We believe that children are curious, capable, and confident learners from birth. Our gallery educators devise activities that enable very young children to learn from and within the museum collections.


  • Working with Families

    The Fitzwilliam Museum offers a variety of activities and resources for families visiting the museum. Many of these activities are free.


  • Working with Schools

    The Fitzwilliam Museum offers an extensive school programme across all Key Stages and a variety of curriculum areas. 


  • Working with Young People

    SOURCE supports GCSE, BTEC and AS/A Level Art and Design students as they prepare for their exams in the Spring Term.


  • Working with Teachers and Trainees

    Since 2006 the Learning team have been working with Initial Teacher Training institutions across the region to encourage future teachers to use museums as a learning resource. This work positions museums as long-term partners for the education sector


  • Working with Older People

    The Fitzwilliam Museum works with community and social care partners to develop projects and programmes for older people, including people living with dementia at home.


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