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Quentin Blake, Guided Tour from 'The Life of Birds' series (detail)

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April 2013



Rabbit Tureen

Families can enjoy drawing at the Museum with our new Easter themed Fitz Kit (available at both entrances) and regular events: Drawing Together (3 April) and Family First Saturday (6 April). Don’t miss our special storytelling and drawing session with Professor Jack Zipes - arguably the world's leading authority on fairy tales and storytelling. And look out for Easter themed items amongst our permanent displays, including a lovely rabbit tureen (Gallery 26) and paintings telling the Easter story (Galleries 6, 7 & 8).

If the weather’s nice, our North Lawn Café also provides a lovely al fresco setting to enjoy fresh sandwiches, salads and drinks.

Opening & Closure Times
Good Friday 29 March - Closed
Saturday 30 March: 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 31 March & Monday 1 April: 12.00 - 17.00


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

Quentin Blake: Drawn by Hand

To 12 May 2013

Quentin Blake is one of the best-known illustrators of his generation. Enjoy book illustrations, etchings, lithographs, drawings and works done for hospitals in various and contrasting media. Plus, a display of pens, brochures, inks, watercolours, quills and other materials from the artist’s studio.

"A measured look at Blake's energetic output over the past decade" The Telegraph

Lisa and Dennis Walking by Quentin Blake

Nature and artifice in Altdorfer’s prints

To 6 May

A display of groundbreaking works by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Altdorfer from the Museum’s collection. Fifty-two exhibits will be on show - these include the first pure landscape prints in the history of European art, as well as other prints that depict the forested landscape of the Danube valley, and a rare series of etchings of silver vessels with elaborate ornament based on foliage forms.

 Albrecht Altdorfer's The large spruce


Talks take place at 13.15, unless otherwise stated. For more information and locations visit our website

  The Lansdowne Relief, AD 100 –150

The Lansdowne Relief in England: from 1771 to 2013

Wed 10 April

Lucilla Burn, Keeper of Antiquities

Art Speak

Tue 16 April

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art




Booking Essential. For further information and to book tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Think Big Paint Big

Sat 27 April: 10.30 – 12.30

Ages 12+

An exciting chance to let your imagination, and paint brushes, run wild in this big canvas acrylic painting session. Using the galleries of the Fitzwilliam Museum as inspiration.


Friday 26 April: 10.15 - 12.00

Become more confident with your drawing skills and discover new ways of working at this art workshop.
£5 per workshop.

Paint brushes


Enjoy a free classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3.
Space may be limited. Voluntary collection after the concert. Programme subject to change.

Promenade concert

Taylor Quintet

Tue 30 April: 13:15 to 14:00

Enjoy Mozart's late String Quintet in D major, K.593, composed only months before his early death, performed by leading student musicians in the Taylor Quintet. The performance will be complemented by a display of Mozart's autograph manuscripts.


Moore Rodin

29 March - 27 October 2013

The Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green, Herts, SG10 6EE

A major exhibition which compares the work of Moore with one of the pioneers of modern sculpture – Auguste Rodin. This internationally acclaimed show will feature never before seen works specially selected by Moore’s daughter Mary Moore.
Find out more

Moore Rodin exhibition logo


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Image credits

Banner: Quentin Blake, Guided Tour from 'The Life of Birds' series (detail). Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

1. Rabbit Tureen, Soft-paste Porcelain. Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

2. Quentin Blake, Lisa and Dennis Walking, The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams, 2008. Image © Quentin Blake.

3. Albrecht Altdorfer, The Large Spruce, c.1520–2. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

4. The Lansdowne Relief (detail), AD 100 –150. Once belonged to Emperor Hadrian. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

5. Paint brushes © ohdearbarb (Flickr Creative Commons)

6. Promenade concert. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

7. Moore Rodin logo © The Henry Moore Foundation 2013