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The museum has now re-opened and we look forward to welcoming you back. Our regular visitors may notice some differences to what is on offer to families. Currently Fitz Kits, activity boxes, story starters, drawing materials and our baby play mat are not available to borrow. We do have free family trails but we suggest bringing your own paper and pencils if you want to draw in the gallery.

Family First Saturdays will begin again from September, with free themed self-led activities available for 2pm-4pm on the first Saturday of every month and free family tours. Don’t forget to book your free tickets for the museum and for the tours.

We will also continue sharing lots of different ways for you to connect with the collections, be inspired, create, respond and relax from home, with new activities released each month. Here are some for you to enjoy right now:


Summer with the Museums

Although many of the University of Cambridge Museums are not open to visitors just yet, you can still enjoy some museum-themed fun. Summer with the Museums will be supplemented by a number of films, activities and digital resources on the Summer with the Museums web page. Activities from the Fitzwilliam include Holiday from home and our Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ activity Rainbow Families

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



Playdaze, the free summer programme for primary school-aged children and families from Cambridge City Council's Children and Young People's Participation Service (ChYpPS), will run across the holiday period from Monday 27 July until Wednesday 2 September. For a weekly programme of events and activities, see here


Discover Arts Award Digitally with University of Cambridge Museums

The Discover Arts Award is a great chance for children (5 -19 years) to make art, discover artists who inspire them and share their artwork with family and friends. They can earn a Discover Arts Award certificate. For more information, visit here 



The Story of the Boat of Millions of Years

The Story of Vanessa and the Butterfly 

The Story of the Red Scarf

The Story of the Horse and the Lion

The Story of Demeter and Persephone

The Story of Hadrian and Antinous

Nursery Rhymes


Look Think Do

is a brand new set of activities designed as a starting point for looking, talking and doing together. They have been created with families learning together and teachers planning remote learning in mind, but 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.

Find out more


Hidden Tales

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+.

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

Keeping Creativity Going During Lockdown

Wed, 17 Jun 2020

Pre-COVID19, our focus as educators was on understanding how to serve our young audiences by finding ways to help them come to the museum. Now we must switch our efforts to identifying how the museum can continue to be relevant and useful to them in their own homes. Look, think, do From the start of lockdown, the Learning Team at... Read full article

In an ideal world, museums would make visiting easier by…

Mon, 08 Jun 2020

In early 2018, the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) started thinking about how we could help children with sensory sensitivities and their families to access the museums in a way that worked for them. “People aren’t aware you’ve used every ounce of your energy to get there [the museum]” Parent from focus group “It was a really special opportunity to... Read full article

Rock ChYpPs: putting young people’s objects on display

Sun, 07 Jun 2020

‘Rock ChYpPS’ is a co-curated temporary exhibition at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. It displays geological objects loaned to the museum from children in the local Cambridge area, and aimed to provide a space for museum staff and local children to meet and connect over geology. The University of Cambridge Museums join the PlayDaze summer programme every year. Run... Read full article

Diving into a Coral Reef with Cambridge Communities

Mon, 01 Jun 2020

Our audiences are full of creativity, something we see in bucketfuls at our events and workshops. We wanted to go further, and showcase audience creations and collaborations in our programming and displays. As a Museum celebrating the wonders of the natural world, we have an innate desire to protect it. We have committed to embedding sustainability into our public programme... Read full article