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Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00 | Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays: 12:00 - 17:00 | Box office closed Mondays
Closed 24th December to 27th December 2021 and 31st December 2021 to 1st January 2022 inclusive closed Gallery closures and collection updates

As well as schools, we usually welcome other pre-booked groups to the Museum, including Higher Education, Life Long Learning and EFL Schools. During our initial re-opening period however, we are unfortunately unable to accept large group bookings. Do contact us to check whether we are able to meet your needs.

For more information on what the Museum can usually offer your group, please see below.

Guided Tours for Groups

Guided tours of the Museum are not currently available.

EFL Students and Schools

All groups will need to be booked at least one week in advance through the Education and Bookings administrator, email or telephone 01223 332904. Group sizes are currently limited and therefore larger groups will need to divide and entry may be over several time slots.

If you come to the museum without making a booking you may be refused entrance.

During Cambridgeshire school term we are unable to accept group visits during the morning. This is due to booked teaching sessions for schools and universities. However we do welcome group visits after 14:00.

The Museum welcomes over 8,000 ELF students per year, with our busy periods for group visits during the summer months.

Planning your visit

When booking your visit with the Education department, you will be sent tickets which will need to be shown (on a device or printed) on arrival. If you are a language school booking on behalf of an EFL group, please make sure the tickets are forwarded to the group leader.

Please make sure that students who are under the age of 16 are accompanied by an adult. We recommend an adult ratio of 1:10 students.

Download the University of Cambridge Museums EFL welcome pack

Visiting the Museum

All groups are asked to arrive via the Museum’s Courtyard Entrance. A member of Museum staff will be there to greet you, and to advise on any bag and cloakroom storage.

The group leaders will also be asked to sub-divide the group, leading smaller groups around the different galleries.

The group leader will also be responsible for any storage keys, and will be made identifiable by wearing a lanyard, which will also be given to the group on arrival.

Learning Resources

Unfortunately the Museum cannot offer any taught sessions for EFL students. However we do have tailored learning resources available for download should you want to support in your visit.

There are five levels of self-access worksheets:

For every level, there are three worksheets; the same activities are included in each worksheet, but the activities are ordered differently. Teachers with large classes (in excess of 12 students) are encouraged to divide their students into groups and to give each group a worksheet with activities in a different order. In this way, we can ensure that small groups take different paths around the museum, thereby avoiding overcrowding.

The self-access worksheets have a dual aim. Firstly, they encourage students to look closely at works on display through completing structured and achievable tasks. Secondly, they revise grammar points and vocabulary areas which students are taught in class. We hope that students enjoy their visit to the museum and it helps them to achieve their language-learning aims.

Download the Teaching Notes

Group bookings

All groups will need to be booked at least one week in advance through the Education and Bookings administrator, telephone 01223 332904 or email

If you come to the museum without making a booking you may be refused entrance.

During Cambridgeshire school term we are unable to accept large groups during the morning, as there is other teaching going on in the galleries at this time. However we do welcome groups after 14:00.

When making the booking we will need to know the following information:

  1. Your name and the name of the group
  2. The size of your group
  3. The date and time you hope to make your visit
  4. If you wish to lecture

Group sizes are currently restricted due to Covid, so larger groups will be asked to divide and may need to enter over several time slots.

All groups must enter the Museum through the Courtyard Entrance where the leaders can present their tickets for scanning.


There is no admission fee: however the Museum would appreciate a donation of £3 per person (the suggested minimum is £10 per group).

Visiting the University's Museums and Collections

The University's Museums and Collections are all within short walking distances of the Fitzwilliam Museum and city centre. Group visits to these collections are very welcome, but please do book in advance. More information on group visits can be found at the University of Cambridge Museums website.

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