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Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00
Closed Good Friday, 24-26 & 31 December and 1 January
FREE ADMISSION

 

 

View our What's On: January - April booklet online.

 

Lunchtime Concerts

Musicians

Music for cello and piano

Jon Fistein (cello) and Olga Elbourn (piano) perform Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne and Beethoven’s Sonata in C, Op 102, No. 1.
View the full listing for admission information.

26/01/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musicians

Scordatura Women’s Music Collective

Programme to include Rebecca Clarke Piano Trio.
View the full listing for admission information.

02/02/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musicians

Music for saxophone and piano

With Rob Burton (saxophone) and Yuanfan Yang (piano).
View the full listing for admission information.

09/02/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Patrick Hemmerlé

Music for piano

Patrick Hemmerlé performs Schumann's Scenes from Childhood, Toccata and Fantasy
View the full listing for admission information.

16/02/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musicians

Music for soprano, flute and piano

With Chloe Beresford-Jones and Helen Groves (sopranos), Sally Landymore (flute) and Jill Morton (piano).
View the full listing for admission information.

23/02/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Instrumental Award Holders

Cambridge University Instrumental Award Holders

A performance by the very best undergraduate chamber musicians.
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01/03/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musician

Music for violin and piano

Fumi Otsuki (violin) and Sarah Kershaw (piano) perform pieces by Ifukube, Grieg, Jánaček, Chopin, Vaughan Williams and Debussy.
View the full listing for admission information.

08/03/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musician

Sketch the Sound

Get your creative juices flowing at this special event featuring live music performed by students from Britten Sinfonia Academy.
View the full listing for more information and to book.

15/03/2020

13:15 to 15:45

Free

Lunchtime Talks

Kitchen still life

‘The Season of Spiritual Warfare’: Fasting in early modern Europe

A talk with Dr. Christopher Kissane, Editorial Fellow at History Workshop and Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck. View the full listing for admission information.

29/01/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Art and simulation in philosophy

A talk with Dr Tom McClelland, Lecturer in Faculty of Philosophy. View the full listing for admission information.

05/02/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Chicken or Pastirma? Fine dining Ottoman style

A talk with Dr Helen Pfeifer, Faculty of History.
View the full listing for admission information.

12/02/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Art Speak

Drop-in and enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

18/02/2020

13:15 to 13:45

Free | Drop-in

Early cookery illustration

Food service by the book in early modern Europe

A talk with Prof Deborah Krohn, Bard Graduate Center, New York.
View the full listing for admission information.

19/02/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Still life painting in progress

Reconstructions in the exhibition Sharpening Perceptions

A talk with Dr Spike Bucklow, Reader in Material Culture. View the full listing for admission information.

26/02/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Cupid and Psyche

A love story for the Medici? The story of Cupid and Psyche on Florentine Renaissance wedding chests

A talk with Dr Donal Cooper, Senior Lecturer in History of Art. View the full listing for admission information.

04/03/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Manuscript

A vision of the universe: The Astronomicum Caesarium of 1540

A talk with Edward Cheese, Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books, and Dr Sara Öberg Strådal, Research Associate. View the full listing for admission information.

11/03/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Cupid and Psyche

Cupid and Psyche: Scientific insights into the painting behind Inspire

A talk with Dr Paola Ricciardi, Senior Research Scientist, Fitzwilliam Museum and Victoria Sutcliffe, Painting Conservator, Hamilton Kerr Institute. View the full listing for admission information.

18/03/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Art Speak

Drop-in and enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

24/03/2020

13:15 to 13:45

Free | Drop-in

Print of couple

Curator’s introduction to Virtue, Vice & the Senses: Prints 1540 – 1650

A talk with Elenor Ling, Assistant Keeper, Paintings Drawings and Prints. View the full listing for admission information.

25/03/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Jewish candle holder

Jewish food and the Passover rite

A talk with Julia Biggs, Independent Art Historian.
View the full listing for admission information.

08/04/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Art Speak

Drop-in and enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

21/04/2020

13:15 to 13:45

Free | Drop-in

How we fell in love with Italian food

A talk with Professor Diego Zancani, Emeritus Professor of Italian, University of Oxford. View the full listing for admission information.

22/04/2020

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Adult Workshops

Female nude

MUSE: Expressive figures

The human figure has long inspired artists, as we can appreciate in the exhibition of tender and naturalistic prints by Rembrandt. Drawing from these prints, create your own intaglio print in the Studio.
View the full listing for booking details.

24/01/2020

10:15 to 12:00

£10

Books

Food glorious food: Creative writing workshops

Join Helen Taylor for this creative writing workshop and explore our complicated relationship with food using the Museum’s Feast & Fast exhibition as inspiration.
View the full listing for booking details.

30/01/2020

18:00 to 20:00

One workshop: £10 (£8.50 concessions). Three workshops: £25 (£22.50 concessions)

Cupid and Psyche

MUSE: The power of pigment

Learn the art of painting with egg tempera (coloured pigments mixed with egg). The Museum’s painting of Cupid and Psyche, created in this medium, is the focus of the exhibition of primary school art Inspire - on display in Gallery 10.
View the full listing for booking details.

07/02/2020

10:15 to 12:00

£10

Books

Food glorious food: Creative writing workshops

Join Helen Taylor for this creative writing workshop and explore our complicated relationship with food using the Museum’s Feast & Fast exhibition as inspiration.
View the full listing for booking details.

08/02/2020

10:30 to 12:30

£10 (£8.50 concessions)

Asparagus

Creative workshop for blind and partially sighted adults: Sensory still life

Inspired by the Feast & Fast exhibition, we will explore the art of still life and invite you to create your own relief composition based on natural forms and culinary tastes past and present.
View the full listing for booking details.

 

09/02/2020

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Books

Food glorious food: Creative writing workshops

Join Helen Taylor for this creative writing workshop and explore our complicated relationship with food using the Museum’s Feast & Fast exhibition as inspiration.
View the full listing for booking details.

15/02/2020

10:30 to 12:30

£10 (£8.50 concessions)

Pineapple felt brooch

Extended MUSE workshop: Pineapple pins

Come and make a pineapple needle felt brooch. The workshop will be run by Żenia/The Lady Moth, fibre artist and experienced teacher.
View the full listing for booking details.

20/03/2020

10:00 to 13:00

£35 (£30 concessions)

Food still life with lobster

Painting still life inspired by Feast & Fast

Join artist, Georita Harriott, for a still life painting workshop. We will be using gouache and all materials will be provided.
View the full listing for booking details.

18/04/2020

10:00 to 15:30

£40.00 (£35 concessions)

Portrait of a lady

MUSE: The eyes have it

Walk around the sumptuous portraits in the recently restored Gallery 3, then go to the Studio for a portrait session with a difference, all about eyes – the life of these portraits.
View the full listing for booking details.

24/04/2020

10:15 to 12:00

£10

Lectures

Decoration in Tutankhamun’s tomb

GLANVILLE LECTURE Nefertiti in the tomb of Tutankhamun

Mill Lane Lecture Room 9

This year’s lecture will be given by Nicholas Reeves, PhD FSA, the well-known expert on the archaeology of the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Dr Reeves has held curatorial positions at The British Museum, Eton College and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In his talk, he will discuss the hidden presence of Nefertiti within the tomb of Tutankhamun.
View the full listing for booking details.

29/04/2020

17:30 to 18:30

Free

Evening Performances / Events

Students outside the Fitzwilliam

LATE: Food, Faith and Wellbeing

There's plenty to dip into at this late! Listen to our panel discussion on food and religion, hear Wintercomfort talk about food and homelessness, relax to a literature reading or meditation session, and treat yourself to lots of lovely healthy food in our cafe.
View the full listing for more information and booking details.

30/01/2020

17:00 to 21:00

Free

Museum at night

STUDENT LATE: Love Art After Dark

The annual late night opening exclusively for all students – co-curated by the Fitzwilliam Museum Society.
View the full listing for more information and booking details.

27/02/2020

18:00 to 21:00

Free

Actresses

LATE: Perceptions of Vision and Taste

See our exhibitions after-hours and join us for culinary and theatrical experiment with a performance of Food and Feuds: Two cooks of Hexham, written by Fiona Ellis.
View the full listing for more information and booking details.

19/03/2020

17:00 to 21:00

Entrance to the Museum is FREE. To book for the performance visit: www.cambridgelivetickets.co.uk or tel: 01223 357851

Conferences and Seminars

Pineapple plant

CONFERENCE Power, Promise, Politics: The pineapple from Columbus to Del Monte

The Sainsbury Laboratory Auditorium (Cambridge University Botanic Garden) &
The Bateman Auditorium (Gonville and Caius College)

This interdisciplinary conference brings together academics from the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as museum professionals and artist-practitioners. They will investigate the understudied tensions between the representational power of the pineapple and the political contexts of its production around the globe.
View the full listing for more information and booking details.

20/02/2020 to 21/02/2020

08:45 to 17:00

Tour

Tour group

Guided Tour

Join a one hour guided tour of the Museum on Saturdays, or book a tour in advance for any visit for a group.

05/04/2014 to 04/04/2022

14:30 to 15:30

Feast & Fast: Daytime exhibition tours

Tuesdays – Fridays 21 January – 24 April

Learn more about the Feast & Fast exhibition with one of our front of house staff as your expert guide.

21/01/2020 to 24/04/2020

11:00 to 11:30

Free | Drop-in

Feast & Fast: Daytime exhibition tours

Tuesdays – Fridays 21 January – 24 April

Learn more about the Feast & Fast exhibition with one of our front of house staff as your expert guide.

21/01/2020 to 24/04/2020

15:00 to 15:30

Free | Drop-in

Bird

Tour for blind and partially sighted adults: Birds near and far

Museum of Zoology

Discover the quirks of birds from New Zealand and Australia, from the burrowing kakapo to the chuckling kookaburra. We will focus on conservation stories that have brought birds back from the brink, and explore birdsong of species closer to home.
View the full listing for booking details.

04/02/2020

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Plate

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours

Our volunteer guides share their personal selection of fascinating stories about gender and sexual identity through a range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-related objects.
View the full listing for booking details.

09/02/2020

15:00 to 16:00

Free

Bird

Tour for blind and partially sighted adults: Birds near and far

Museum of Zoology

Discover the quirks of birds from New Zealand and Australia, from the burrowing kakapo to the chuckling kookaburra. We will focus on conservation stories that have brought birds back from the brink, and explore birdsong of species closer to home.
View the full listing for booking details.

11/02/2020

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Plate

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours

Our volunteer guides share their personal selection of fascinating stories about gender and sexual identity through a range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-related objects.
View the full listing for booking details.

14/02/2020

12:00 to 13:00

Free

Plate

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours

Our volunteer guides share their personal selection of fascinating stories about gender and sexual identity through a range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-related objects.
View the full listing for booking details.

16/02/2020

15:00 to 16:00

Free

Bird pie

Feast & Fast: Early morning private tours

An exclusive private guided tour of the Feast & Fast exhibition by one or both curators for individuals and groups, before the Museum opens at 10.00.
View the full listing for more informaiton and booking details.

18/02/2020

09:15 to 10:00

£13.50 (£11.50 concessions)

Plate

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours

Our volunteer guides share their personal selection of fascinating stories about gender and sexual identity through a range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-related objects.
View the full listing for booking details.

07/03/2020

11:30 to 12:30

Free

Chocolate

Tour for blind and partially sighted adults: The ancient Maya and chocolate

Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

Join Sarah-Jane Harknett to explore the world of the ancient Maya. Learn about the materials they used to show their power and how they liked to take their chocolate!
View the full listing for booking details.

10/03/2020

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Bird pie

Feast & Fast: Early morning private tours

An exclusive private guided tour of the Feast & Fast exhibition by one or both curators for individuals and groups, before the Museum opens at 10.00.
View the full listing for more informaiton and booking details.

10/03/2020

09:15 to 10:00

£13.50 (£11.50 concessions)

Chocolate

Tour for blind and partially sighted adults: The ancient Maya and chocolate

Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

Join Sarah-Jane Harknett to explore the world of the ancient Maya. Learn about the materials they used to show their power and how they liked to take their chocolate! Meet at Museum Entrance. Guide dogs and companions are welcome.
View the full listing for booking details.

11/03/2020

10:30 to 12:00

Free

St Christopher meeting the Devil

Seven strange stories at the Fitz

Join Robert Lloyd Parry for this unique tour that offers an illuminating insight into some frequently overlooked paintings from the permanent collection, and the fantastic stories that they tell.
View the full listing for more informaiton and booking details.

17/03/2020

14:00 to 15:00

£10 + booking fee

St Christopher meeting the Devil

Seven strange stories at the Fitz

Join Robert Lloyd Parry for this unique tour that offers an illuminating insight into some frequently overlooked paintings from the permanent collection, and the fantastic stories that they tell.
View the full listing for more informaiton and booking details.

18/03/2020

14:00 to 15:00

£10 + booking fee

St Christopher meeting the Devil

Seven strange stories at the Fitz

Join Robert Lloyd Parry for this unique tour that offers an illuminating insight into some frequently overlooked paintings from the permanent collection, and the fantastic stories that they tell.
View the full listing for more informaiton and booking details.

19/03/2020

14:00 to 15:00

£10 + booking fee

St Christopher meeting the Devil

Seven strange stories at the Fitz

Join Robert Lloyd Parry for this unique tour that offers an illuminating insight into some frequently overlooked paintings from the permanent collection, and the fantastic stories that they tell.
View the full listing for more informaiton and booking details.

20/03/2020

14:00 to 15:00

£10 + booking fee

St Christopher meeting the Devil

Seven strange stories at the Fitz

Join Robert Lloyd Parry for this unique tour that offers an illuminating insight into some frequently overlooked paintings from the permanent collection, and the fantastic stories that they tell.
View the full listing for more informaiton and booking details.

21/03/2020

14:00 to 15:00

£10 + booking fee

St Christopher meeting the Devil

Seven strange stories at the Fitz

Join Robert Lloyd Parry for this unique tour that offers an illuminating insight into some frequently overlooked paintings from the permanent collection, and the fantastic stories that they tell.
View the full listing for more informaiton and booking details.

22/03/2020

14:00 to 15:00

£10 + booking fee

Plate

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours

Our volunteer guides share their personal selection of fascinating stories about gender and sexual identity through a range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-related objects.
View the full listing for booking details.

04/04/2020

11:30 to 12:30

Free

Plate

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours

Our volunteer guides share their personal selection of fascinating stories about gender and sexual identity through a range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-related objects.
View the full listing for booking details.

02/05/2020

11:30 to 12:30

Free

Plate

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours

Our volunteer guides share their personal selection of fascinating stories about gender and sexual identity through a range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-related objects.
View the full listing for booking details.

06/06/2020

11:30 to 12:30

Free

Family Activities

Storytelling: The Jade Emperor's Great Race

A lively, interactive musical performance of The Jade Emperor’s Great Race. This traditional Chinese new year story explains how the order of animals in the Chinese zodiac were decided. Get tips on how to scare away Nian the Monster if he comes by your house on the eve of the lunar new year.
View the full listing for booking details.

01/02/2020

12:30 to 15:00

£3

Chinese calligraphy

Learn how to create characters with Chinese brushes and ink.
View the full listing for booking details.

01/02/2020

12:00 to 14:30

£3

Rat netsuke

Family First Saturday: Chinese New Year

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Fitz!
View the full listing for more information.

01/02/2020

12:00 to 16:00

Free | Drop-in

Twilight at the Museums: De-lightful!

Explore your senses and take a journey through light and dark at the University of Cambridge Museums’ (UCM) annual Twilight event.

19/02/2020

16:30 to 19:30

Free

Babies playing

Baby magic

0 - 2 yrs

This gently structured session allows babies to discover aspects of our collection through sensory exploration of colour, shapes, texture, sounds and movement. Look at the galleries together and get creative in the Studio.
View the full listing for booking details.

04/03/2020

10:00 to 11:00

£4 per child

Monet's Springtime

Family First Saturday: Sensory spring

Join our friendly team for fun activities and art-making for all the family based on the theme of Sensory spring.
View the full listing for admission information.

07/03/2020

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Family with musical instrument

HarmonEyes

10.00 - 11.00 & 13.30 - 14.30 • 3 - 5 yrs

Join musicians from the Academy of Ancient Music for a playful look at the Inspire exhibition. We will retell the story of Cupid & Psyche through sound and explore how music can create visions of things that we cannot see in real life.
View the full listing for booking details.

18/03/2020

10:00 to 14:30

Free

Child with clay

Clay celebrations

10.30 - 12.00 • 5 - 7 yrs
13.30 - 15.00 • 8 - 12 yrs

See our soup-er exhibition Feast & Fast, then get creative in the Studio with ceramicist Sarah Nibbs.
View the full listing for booking details.

21/03/2020

10:00 to 15:00

£8 per child

Mother & child crafting

It’s magic

2 - 5 yrs

Exploring art together can be magical. Hear stories about objects in our collection, and make art of your own to take home.
View the full listing for booking details.

24/03/2020

10:00 to 11:30

£4 per child

Fake food

Family First Saturday: Food and drink

Join our friendly team for fun activities and art-making for all the family based on the theme of Food and drink.
View the full listing for admission information.

04/05/2020

14:00 to 16:00

Free

for Young People

Zensation: Hey good looking!

Creative wellbeing programme for university students

From perfume bottles to a Medusa mirror - see how different ideals of beauty are represented in our Egyptian, ancient Greek and Rome galleries and Gallery 3.
View the full listing for booking details.

29/01/2020

14:00 to 14:30

Free

Zensation: Studio spa

Creative wellbeing programme for university students

Pamper yourself and join the team from Rituals Cambridge offering free hand massages, talks and samples of a selection of fragrances. Book yourself a free place and relax.
View the full listing for booking details.

29/01/2020

14:30 to 15:30

Free

Source: Ask the artist

15 - 19 yrs

Your opportunity to ask questions to artists – what were their career journeys? It’s up to you in this informal Q&A session.

15/02/2020

12:00 to 12:30

Free | Drop-in

Source: Street art

15 - 19 yrs

Join London-based street artist ‘Hello The Mushroom’ in our Studio to explore street art techniques and help to create a large panel picture that students can add to throughout the week.
View the full listing for booking details.

15/02/2020

11:00 to 16:00

Free | Drop-in

Source: Ask the artist

15 - 19 yrs

Your opportunity to ask questions to artists – what were their career journeys? It’s up to you in this informal Q&A session.

19/02/2020

12:00 to 12:30

Free | Drop-in

iPad

Source: Art Extra - Artist led skill classes

15 - 19 yrs

Get to grips with Procreate – the iPad app for designers, illustrators and artists, with textile designer Lucy Mazur. And learn drawing techniques with Jason Ions.
View the full listing for booking details.

19/02/2020

14:00 to 15:00

Free

Source: Ask the artist

15 - 19 yrs

Your opportunity to ask questions to artists – what were their career journeys? It’s up to you in this informal Q&A session.

20/02/2020

12:00 to 12:30

Free | Drop-in

iPad

Source: Art Extra - Artist led skill classes

15 - 19 yrs

Computer aided design explained and demonstrated with Royal College of Art graduate sculptor Susie Olczak.
View the full listing for booking details.

20/02/2020

14:00 to 15:00

Free

Source: Ask the artist

15 - 19 yrs

Your opportunity to ask questions to artists – what were their career journeys? It’s up to you in this informal Q&A session.

21/02/2020

12:00 to 12:30

Free | Drop-in

Source: Portfolio review

15 - 19 yrs

Book a 20 minute slot with the Deputy Head of Cambridge School of Art, at Anglia Ruskin University, to talk about art and design courses and career ideas.
View the full listing for booking details.

21/02/2020

11:00 to 12:00

Free

Drawings of a Venetian model

Source: Art Extra - Artist led skill classes

15 - 19 yrs

Figure drawing with Wysing based artist Caroline Wendling.
View the full listing for booking details.

21/02/2020

14:00 to 15:00

Free

Source: Ask the artist

15 - 19 yrs

Your opportunity to ask questions to artists – what were their career journeys? It’s up to you in this informal Q&A session.

22/02/2020

12:00 to 12:30

Free | Drop-in

Source: Yoga and wellbeing

15 - 19 yrs

Learn some simple and useful techniques to remain mindful and focussed in the run-up to your exams. Led by experienced yoga instructor Daniela McDermott.
View the full listing for booking details.

22/02/2020

12:00 to 14:15

Free

Zensation: Sweet treats

Creative wellbeing programme for university students

Take a look at the collection’s sweet treats from dessert dishes to a treacle tin bangle and elegant ceramic bonbon dishes. Followed by a delicious workshop!
View the full listing for booking details.

11/03/2020

14:00 to 14:30

Free

Zensation: Chocolate tasting

Creative wellbeing programme for university students

Tickle your taste buds with a specialist heritage chocolate tasting. Discover the origins of cocoa and the Mayans with guests from The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, then create your own chocolate inspired artworks.
View the full listing for booking details.

11/03/2020

14:30 to 15:30

ReSource: Vogue

13 - 18 yrs

Study the extravagant fashions in the portrait paintings of Gallery 3 and design contemporary versions with textile designer Lucy Mazur.
View the full listing for booking details.

28/03/2020

11:00 to 13:00

£5

Make! Catwalk

Create your own fashion and fabric designs with textile designer Lucy Mazur, inspired by the glamourous fashions shown in Gallery 3.
View the full listing for booking details.

28/03/2020

14:00 to 16:00

£5

Feast & Fast Challenge: Bronze Arts Award in a week!

11 - 14 yrs

Work with staff and artists on a special Arts Award project inspired by the Feast & Fast exhibition. Learn new art skills, find out about what goes on behind the scenes at the Museum, and share your own mini exhibition at the end of the week to achieve a Bronze Arts Award.
View the full listing for booking details.

14/04/2020 to 17/04/2020

10:15 to 15:00

£90 (4 day course)

ReSource: Not what it says on the tin

13 - 18 yrs

Join artist Caroline Wendling as we visit the Feast & Fast exhibition, followed by a Studio session to create something you could eat with your eyes!
View the full listing for booking details.

25/04/2020

11:00 to 13:00

Make! Not what it seems

Boiled eggs and rashers of bacon, or marzipan? Some of the displays in the Feast & Fast exhibition will make you look twice. Try making your own fake food models in clay of lobsters, king prawns, chickens and pineapples with guest artist Caroline Wendling.
View the full listing for booking details.

25/04/2020

14:00 to 16:00

£5

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