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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

 

All school groups must be booked through the Education Department, telephone 01223 332904 or email . This is to ensure that the part of the museum you wish to visit will be available for you to use. Most sessions are free (charges apply for studio workshops) and travel bursaries are available for schools meeting our criteria.

Please note that we are now operating a new booking system for schools.

Bookings for Spring Term 2018 open on Monday 14th November

Bookings for Summer Term 2018 open on Monday 13th February

 

When you bring a group to the museum you may wish to book a museum teacher or teach the class yourself. Services provided by the Education Department are free, with the exception of studio workshops which are £50. If visiting self guided, learning resources are available to help you plan your own gallery session and can be downloaded from our learning pages.

This short film has been designed to prepare school pupils for their trip to the Fitzwilliam Museum and our volunteer Lesley Sainsbury used the creation and evaluation of the film as the basis of her MA thesis. The format and script is based on educational theories evaluating preparing children for school trips. This indicates that reducing areas of concern to the children (eg lunch and location of the toilets) and increasing their expectations will result in enhanced experiences and learning outcomes.

 

Preparation

Please make sure you understand which parts of the visit are your responsibility and which are ours. We will hand over to you when your teaching session has finished, so you will need to prepare activities for the remainder of your visit. You might find our learning resources useful which will enable you to research and structure your time spent self-guided. If you would like to arrange a pre-visit to the museum a member of the education team can also meet with you to discuss all aspects of your visit.

Photography of the collections is permitted. Flash photography, photography of an exhibition or video recording is prohibited.

 

Class sizes and adult/student ratios

The upper limit on group sizes varies according to the galleries being used. As a general rule, groups being taught by Museum staff are limited to one class of approximately 30 children. However, it is sometimes possible to accommodate larger group visits by teaching in shifts.

We do ask that the student teacher ratio in the Museum should be:

1:7 pupils for KS1
1:10 pupils for KS2 and KS3

 

Lunch facilities

We have a schools’ lunch room which can be booked for your group. You may also eat in the grounds of the Museum or under the portico at our Main Entrance.

 

Transport and Parking

There is no public parking space at the Museum, but there are 2 hour meters in the immediate vicinity. Coaches may drop off and collect outside the Courtyard Entrance. The museum is also in the process of building partnerships with local coach companies. We plan to recommend affordable transport companies to our visiting school groups. More information will follow shortly.

The museum gates open at 10.00am, please note that we are unable to admit access to the museum or its grounds before this time. We aim for morning sessions to start in the galleries by 10.15.

Book your visit

It is absolutely essential that you book well in advance. The Museum reserves the right to refuse admittance to non-booked school groups. The office is very busy so when making your booking you may need to leave a message on the answerphone. Please be as flexible as possible and have alternative dates ready. Do not book transport until your museum visit is fully booked.

The more we know the more we can help. We will ask you about pupils that have any type of special needs, but beyond this, the more we know about your aims, requirements and pupils, the better we can achieve your aims.

01223 332904

 

Practical Evaluation

Wed, 09 Oct 2019

How can arts and cultural organisations evaluate the quality and impact of our work with children and young people? Over the last 18 months, members of the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) Learning Team have been working on an evaluation project with colleagues from the National Gallery, part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project in partnership... Read full article


Twelve teenagers curate an exhibition on climate change

Tue, 01 Oct 2019

The plan was this: invite twelve young people into the museum, fill their brains with information about the Polar Regions and museum displays and then ask them to produce the framework for a temporary exhibition about climate change. In a week. There is a lot of buzz around ‘co-curation’ projects at the moment. The idea is, by bringing in an... Read full article


Toddlers Go Digital

Thu, 11 Jul 2019

Here at the Fitzwilliam Museum, we want to inspire young artists by giving them access to our incredible collections and a wide range of high quality creative materials. Here we used digital tools alongside more traditional resources to help very young children explore and create their own art. Following on from our collaborative projects with the UCM Digital Maker in... Read full article


Whistler & the String Players

Fri, 28 Jun 2019

Instrumentalists from the Academy of Ancient Music and young children worked together to explore the Fitzwilliam Museum‘s recent Whistler and Nature exhibition through music. The painter Whistler saw a parallel between his artwork and musical compositions, so this exhibition seemed a perfect opportunity for our young visitors to explore the connections between music and paintings. The Fitzwilliam Museum and the... Read full article


‘Making a real difference’ – supporting schools with the Fitzwilliam Travel Bursary

Mon, 10 Jun 2019

What happened when children in the Reception classes at Abbey Meadows Primary School came to visit the Whistler & Nature exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum? In January, we welcomed children in the Reception classes (aged 4-5) from a local school to explore the Whistler and Nature exhibition, thanks to a generous travel bursary from the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum... Read full article