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Closed Good Friday, 24-26 & 31 December and 1 January


The Fitzwilliam Museum is the principal museum of the University of Cambridge. Its core purpose is to safeguard the collections, to make them accessible for study and enjoyment and to preserve them for future generations.

The Fitzwilliam Museum owes its foundation to Richard, VIIth Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion. In 1816 he bequeathed to the University of Cambridge his works of art and library, together with funds to house them, to further "the Increase of Learning and other great Objects of that Noble Foundation". For nearly two centuries, the Fitzwilliam Museum's collections and buildings have grown as a result of successive benefactions.

Our Mission

It is our mission to pursue scholarship and to offer free public access to the collections and to education and information services that enhance the visitors’ experience and inspire learning.

The Mission of the University of Cambridge

The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

Syndics of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Local governance is undertaken by the Syndicate of the Fitzwilliam Museum.


As at August 2019 the Syndics are:

Professor Geoff Ward (Chair)

Dr Nicolas Bell

Professor Rosalind Polly Blakesley

Professor Cyprian Broodbank

Professor Eilís Ferran

Professor Mary Laven

Professor Martin Millett

Mr Roger Mosey

Lady Proby

Mr Nicholas Ray

Dr David Saunders

Dame Rosalind Savill

Professor Caroline van Eck

Mr Luke Syson (Secretary)