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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

 

More sessions please! Planning enrichment sessions for teachers

Tue, 09 Apr 2019

Over the last 18 months we have been working hard on developing our enrichment programme for teachers at the Fitzwilliam Museum. This blog gives an overview of what we tried, what worked and what didn’t. From September 2017 to July 2018 we ran 12 sessions for just under 100 teachers from 40 different schools. The aims of the sessions varied... Read full article


Postcard to the Pacific: Outreach teaching in the Fens

Thu, 28 Mar 2019

Last year, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) refurbished its Pacific Island cases thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. An associated education programme has been increasing engagement with the new cases. Part of this programme involved outreach to three schools in the Cambridgeshire and Fenland region: Gretton School in Girton, Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon and... Read full article


Talking Together in the Museum

Fri, 15 Mar 2019

Community organisations from all around Cambridgeshire are working with the County Council to support young children to develop strong communication, language and literacy skills and to inspire parents to become more involved in their child’s crucial early development. After an initial arts-based ‘getting to know you’ session at the North Cambridge Children’s Centre, families visited the Fitzwilliam Museum three times,... Read full article


Dancing Together at the Museum

Mon, 28 Jan 2019

What happens if we bring our bodies to the museum … along with our heads and hearts? An experiment at the Fitzwilliam Museum, as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2018,  looked at this disconnect by inviting older people,  young children and their parents to come together and to do just this through an invitation to dance – with art.... Read full article


Shine On!

Mon, 14 Jan 2019

Young children have been exploring the Fitzwilliam Museum’s exhibition of jewellery and metalwork through story, play and art making. We always enjoy finding ways into the collection with our youngest visitors. In this post you can find out what happened when we spent time getting to know the recent Designers and Jewellery 1859-1940: Jewellery & Metalwork from the Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition (July-November... Read full article