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December 2011

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Atagoshita and Yabu Lane by Hiroshige, available as a Christmas card.

Alongside our two blockbuster exhibitions, Vermeer's Women and Splendour & Power enjoy seasonal treats in the café including stollen, mince pies, Christmas pudding and mulled wine.

Our shop also has an exclusive range of beautiful heritage and art inspired gifts, stunning Christmas cards, jewellery and books for shopping away from the crowds.

Christmas Concert

Gaudete! with the Granta Chorale. Click here for booking details.

Thu 15 December | 19:30  | Gallery 3

Free activities for families

Enjoy our Family First Saturday with drawing materials, activities and trails.

Sat 3 December | 14.00 – 16.00

Christmas opening times 2011:

24, 25 & 26 Dec: Museum CLOSED
27 Dec: Open 12.00-17.00
28, 29 & 30 Dec: Open 10.00-17.00
31 Dec and 1 Jan 2012: Museum CLOSED
2 Jan 2012: Open 12.00-17.00



Grey Matters: Graphite
To 11 March 2012

Discover the incredible creative power of the pencil and its raw material graphite, from the first 17th century drawings on paper to the latest in contemporary art.

Featuring works by William Blake, Degas, Ingres and Toulouse Lautrec, George Romney and Burne-Jones.


For full details of all shows and displays please visit the exhibitions page on our website.


Vermeer's Women: Secrets and Silence

To 15 January 2012

**** "A joy" The Independent

**** "Vermeer’s Women had me rapt from the start" The Telegraph


Splendour and Power: Imperial Treasures from Vienna

EXTENDED to 15 January 2012

Spectacular Renaissance and Baroque treasures fashioned from precious metals, rare stones and exotic materials.


Triumph, protection and dreams: The African headrest in context

EXTENDED to 05 February 2012

Used as pillows, hair protectors and status symbols, discover the history of headrests in Africa.


Work, rest and play: Women and children in prints after Chardin

To 4 March 2012

Look at the printmakers who interpreted Chardin's popular canvases into graphic art.




Lunchtime talks take place at 13.15, for more information and locations visit our website.

Whims and drolleries: Silver in the 17th-century

Thu 1 December

Art Speak

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

Tue 6 December

Kunstkammer in China?

The Hapsburg collections in Vienna compared with the Chinese Imperial household in the Forbidden City in the 18th-century

Thu 22 December


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Image credits

Banner: Pieter Bruegel the elder,The Bird-Trap (detail), © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

1. Utagawa Hiroshige, Atagoshita Yabukôji (Atagoshita and Yabu Lane), c.1857 © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

2. Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Mr and Mrs Joseph Woodhead and Mr Henry Comber in Rome (detail), © The Fitzwilliam Museum

3. Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675, A Young Woman Seated at a Virginal (detail) c. 1670-2,© The National Gallery, London, Salting bequest, 1910

4. Casket of gold filigree and diamonds, Goa (India), mid 17th century; late 17th or first third of the 18th century (diamond setting)

5. Wooden headrest, Zimbabwe, Shona, First half of the twentieth century or later  © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge 

6. Charles-Nicolas Cochin I, after Jean-Siméon Chardin, l’Ecureuse, 1740 © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge 

Lunchtime talks:  Jacopo Tintoretto, The Adoration of the Shepherds, c.1540, © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge