to the Museum’s collections and to exhibitions is free. Visitors’ donations help keep the galleries open and are much appreciated.
There are two entrances to the Museum, both accessed from Trumpington Street. The Main Entrance to the Founder’s Building is approached by a flight of steps and the Courtyard Entrance is at street level.
There are two cloakroom facilities available at the Museum: self-service lockers at the Courtyard Entrance and an attended service at the Main Entrance Information Desk. Each facility is open 10.00am - 4.50pm Tuesday - Saturday and 12.00pm - 4.50pm Sunday.
To help to ensure the safety of our exhibits visitors are not permitted to carry items on their backs. Bags and other items larger than 45x35x15cm (except wheelchairs, mobility aids and pushchairs) may not be taken into galleries, but can be taken into the Courtyard Shop and Courtyard Cafe.
Courtyard Entrance - Self-Service Lockers:
The dimension of each locker is 42cmx25cmx45cm and they require a £1 coin for operation, which is returned once the locker is no longer in use.
Main Entrance - Attended Service:
Please note that due to space limitations, the Museum regrets that we are unable to check into this cloakroom:
Items that exceed the following dimensions:
Maximum size: 56x45x25cm
Maximum weight: 10kg
In the interests of security it may be necessary to conduct bag searches. Visitors are asked to present any bags to Museum staff for inspection on request.
All items deposited in the cloakrooms are left at the owner's risk and should be collected before leaving the museum.
The Museum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to vary or alter these conditions without prior notice.
Storage for use by groups during their visit to the museum is available on request. Please click here for information on how to book a group visit.
Access & Floorplan
The galleries are located on the ground and first floors. The education suite, with seminar room, studio and schools cloakroom and lunchroom is locatedon the lower ground floor.
There is a lift to all floors located near the Courtyard Entrance.
There is no lift access to the paintings displayed on the balcony in Gallery 3 (British 16th-18th century art). Restricted access is via a spiral staircase. Information about the works is available in Gallery 3.
Museum wheelchairs are available at the Courtyard Entrance for visitors’ use.
Lavatories and baby-changing facilities are located near both entrances: through Room 24 on the lower ground floor near the Main Entrance and on the lower ground floor at the Courtyard Entrance.
The Courtyard Café serves an all-day menu including morning coffee, afternoon tea, sandwiches and light lunches.
Closes 30 minutes before the Museum.
The Courtyard Shop is located adjacent to the Café, selling a wide range of postcards, art books, prints and merchandise inspired by the collections.
Closes 15 minutes before the Museum.
The Museum welcomes families with children. Free family activity Fitz Kits and trails are available from both entrance desks
Group Visits and Guided Tours
The Museum welcomes visits by groups who should book in advance. Guided tours for groups may be arranged through the Guided Tours Department, Cambridge Tourist Information Centre. For further details and booking see Group Visits and Tours.
Computer terminals in Room 33 near the Courtyard Entrance provide access to the Museum’s on-line collections catalogue and to Pharos – a rich resource connecting objects in the collections and providing information on their context and creation.
Visitors are welcome to use the Museum's Reference Library located in Room 30 just inside the Courtyard Entrance. Readers are required to provide identification on admission. Open Tuesday to Friday 10.00–16.30.
Activities and materials are available for teachers and pre-booked school groups. A range of adult education opportunities is also available. The staff of the Education Department lead programmes of gallery based sessions for a variety of community and social inclusion groups. See Education pages for further information.
Hire of Galleries
Some of the Museum’s galleries are available for hire for a private view, corporate event, concert, lecture or buffet reception outside public opening hours.
Free Lunchtime gallery talks are frequently offered; admission is free. Please use link to What’s On or telephone 01223 332900 for programme details.
Music in Gallery III is frequently provided on Sundays at 13:15 by University Instrumental award holders and others.
Evening concerts take place several times a year; please telephone or see What’s On for further details.
Family events and children's workshops take place regularly; see What’s On for details.
Photography in the galleries
Please note: Photography is permitted in the Museum under new trial arrangements.
Fitzwilliam Museum Policy on Photography in the galleries