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Opening hours

Currently closed.

The main focus of the Fitzwilliam Museum at present is on the safe reopening of gallery spaces for public visits. The University is working towards reopening its workplaces by the autumn, and protocols for safe working in non-public areas of the museum are in the process of being developed. 

Our study rooms will remain closed until those protocols are in place. Once we are in a position to open study rooms and allow research visits behind the scenes, our priority will be to facilitate visits that were already booked before the necessary closure of the museum (provided that the proposed visitor is in a position to come to the museum). New visits will be fitted in around those, within safe working practices.


The Study Room is open to visitors over 16 years of age whether they are scholars, students or member of the public, but an appointment must be made in advance. Those under 16 should be accompanied by a responsible adult on their first visit.

Groups are welcome to visit the Study Room. The room is available for teaching purposes (priority given to University teaching in full term) and for groups of up to 12 visitors.

The Study Room (Room 9) is located on the first floor next to the Spanish Gallery (Gallery 8). Visitors are recommended to use the Courtyard Entrance to the Museum where wheelchair access is available via a lift.


The Study Room offers visitors access to prints, drawings, rare books and manuscript and printed music in the collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum – by appointment. A member of staff will be available at all times to assist visitors.

Personal laptops and tablets can be used in the Study Room and wi-fi is available to visitors.

Please ask the Invigilator for a ticket.

Making an appointment

1. Admission to the Study Room is by appointment only, and visitors are advised to book as far in advance as possible. All visitors must request what they want to see at the time of booking. Details of the collections of paintings and drawings and parts of the collections of prints, printed books and manuscripts are available online via the Museum's website. The Request form is available in a downloadable format to send in. The Museum will reply by email or telephone, either confirming the date or suggesting another.

Download request form   PDF   MS Word

If you have any particular access requirements, please let us know so that we can ensure we meet them as fully as possible e.g. wheelchair/mobility access; magnification equipment.

Please do not arrive at the Museum for an appointment if you have not heard from the Fitzwilliam Museum confirming the date and time.

2. At the time of your appointment you should arrive at the Museum's Courtyard Entrance and report to the reception desk. You will then be given directions to get to the study room, and shown where to wash your hands. Coats, briefcases and bags (except small handbags) must be left in the lockers at the museum entrance. Food and drink (including bottled water), newspapers, pens and chewing gum, may not be taken into the study room. Laptops are permitted.

3. Visitors should knock on the door of the Study Room if the Invigilator does not see their approach. If this is your first visit you will be asked to read the Regulations and to complete a registration form. All visitors must sign the Visitor Book, and produce proof of identity with either a passport / driving licence or student card.