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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

 

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As well as schools we welcome other pre-booked groups to the museum, including Higher Education, Life Long learning and EFL Schools. For more information on what the museum can offer your group, please see below for more information. 

Guided Tours for Groups

Guided tours of the Museum may be arranged through Visit Cambridge and Beyond

Tel: 01223 791501
Fax: 01223 457588
tours@visitcambridge.org

Prices for a guided tour are £6 per person with a minimum charge of £90 for groups of 15 or more. Groups are also asked to give a minimum of £20 donation.

 

Saturday Tours of the Museum

One-hour introductory tours of the Museum’s collections on Saturdays at 14.30 from the Courtyard Entrance.

£6 per person; tickets may be bought from the Guide at the Museum or booked in advance via Cambridge Tourist Information Centre.

EFL Students and Schools

All groups will need to be booked at least one week in advance through the Education and Bookings administrator, telephone 01223 332904 or email education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk.

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. To be kept up to date with how we can support your visit, please sign up to our EFL mailing list by contacting the email address above.

Planning your visit

When booking your visit with the Education Department, you will be given a ticketed arrival time. If your group is over 30 people, you will be asked to divide your group so that two arrival times can be allocated for you.

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.

If you are a language school booking on behalf of an EFL group, please make sure that all visit confirmation is forwarded to the appropriate leader as they will need to present their booking confirmation on arrival.

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; Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-intermediate and Advanced. 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

The maximum group size for one arrival time is 30 people. Group arrival times are offered at 30 minute intervals. If your group is larger than 30, please state your requirements when booking, so that additional arrangements can be made.

All groups must enter the Museum through the Courtyard Entrance where the leaders can check in at the Reception desk. Leaders or organisers may be required to divide their parties into groups, which are small enough to avoid inconvenience to other visitors.

Charges

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

Further information

Guided Tours
Access
An introduction to the Museum

Group Visits to University of Cambridge Museums

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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