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A collection of activities to do at home, inspired by our Museum collection

Make a salt dough boat (trireme)

Museum Paper Dolls

Party memory game

How to Make Pot Pourri

Animal zodiac trail made in collaboration with Cambridge China Centre

Making a red lantern and an Ox lantern made in collaboration with Cambridge China Centre

How to make an embossed coin

Wax resist water paintings with artist Hannelore Smith

Rainbow families portrait activity

Springtime colour hunt

Rainbow painting with artist Nathan Huxtable

Look Think Do downloadable packs, with colouring sheets 

Our friends at Hidden Tales, in collaboration with the Arts Council of England have created a free activity pack for families based on Riddle of the White Sphinx. This interactive adventure book around museums in Cambridge is recommended for children aged aged 8+.


Fitz Feature

Guided looking at an object or theme in the collection. Each video is around 3 minutes in duration. Aimed at children aged 6+

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Look Think Do

A set of activities designed as a starting point for looking, talking and doing together as a family. We hope people of all ages with enjoy the opportunity to spend some time with some of our collection favourites – from ancient Egypt to Impressionist painting.

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Home activities with University of Cambridge Museums

Looking for fun learning activities to try at home? From wildlife wanders to stories inspired by paintings, take your pick from this growing selection inspired by the University collections.

Summer at the Museums is delivered by the University of Cambridge Museums as part of its Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation funded programme.

Virtual Work Experience in 2020

Fri, 11 Dec 2020

Could a work experience placement work in the virtual world of the 2020 lockdown summer? We decided to find out in the best possible way: by putting our apprehensions away, and just trying to do it. The Museum of Classical Archaeology runs a work experience programme for A-level and university students every summer. We advertised for it at the beginning... Read full article

Nine collections, six months

Thu, 22 Oct 2020

On 19 March, the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden closed to the public following Government advice. This week, we will be fully or partially open again across all sites for the first time in over six months. This post describes some of the activity we have delivered in that time, how we continued to serve our audiences, and... Read full article

Arts Award at Home

Mon, 19 Oct 2020

During lockdown the University of Cambridge Museums wanted to offer children and young people the chance to complete a Discover Arts Award from the comfort of their own homes for free. We hoped this would be a great way to encourage creativity among young people, keep them busy during school closures and school holidays, and give them a sense of... Read full article

Engaging children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) virtually through lockdown

Thu, 01 Oct 2020

During the Covid 19 lockdown University of Cambridge Museums wanted to engage remotely and maintain relationships with our pre-existing audience of children with special educational needs and disabilities. According to government statistics in January 2020 12.1% of all school pupils have a special educational need, and we have two main programmes for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Arts... Read full article

Look Think Do

Wed, 16 Sep 2020

Look Think Do is a set of starter activities the Fitzwilliam Museum learning team have been creating since the start of lockdown. They are aimed primarily at schools to use as remote learning activities for students, but are also written with families in mind, given that we recognised the majority of children would be learning at home supported by family... Read full article