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The centre of Cambridge and the area around the Museum are subject to vehicle restrictions and it is advisable not to travel by car into the centre where possible.

No visitor parking, but limited Pay & Display on Trumpington Street. Disabled badge-holders can park in pay and display bays for as long as is needed, and on single/double yellow lines for up to three hours, unless there is a ‘no loading’ sign. Nearest car parks: Grand Arcade off Pembroke Street, or Queen Anne, Gonville Place.

For more parking options visit the Cambridge City Council website

For Park & Ride information check the Park & Ride page of the Cambridgeshire County Council

Please check the below websites for the latest operating details:

U bus (select routes)
Park & Ride
The City Sightseeing bus

The nearest railway station is Cambridge (approx. 20 mins walk), with taxis and frequent buses to the city centre.

For more info check the National Rail Enquiries  

 

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00

Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays: 12:00 - 17:00

CLOSED: Mondays, Good Friday, 24-26 & 31 December and 1 January

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Please book a free, timed ticket in advance. Do your best to arrive on time (or preferably 5 minutes early) as we are operating timed ticketing. When you book a ticket, we will need your contact details so that we can let you know if we need to close the Collection at short notice, or if it is otherwise necessary to contact you about your visit eg. for Track and Trace purposes.

If you would like to borrow a Museum wheelchair, please also reserve this when you book your ticket.

We will be reopening our exhibition Feast & Fast until 31 August, and you will need to book tickets for an accompanied visit in groups of no more than 6 visitors.

Visitors will be able to follow floor markings to help them move around the collection, and we are asking visitors to keep left and move in a clockwise direction, and to always keep two metres away from others. The length of an average visit is approximately 2 to 3 hours, during which time it is possible to see a wide range of objects in the collection.

Our staff will be wearing visors or face coverings for everyone's safety, and we require our visitors to do the same.

The Fitzwilliam Museum has been awarded the Visit Britain We’re Good to Go Industry Standard mark. This means we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, have a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

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Naturally the situation may change at short notice, and we will be following the latest government guidelines at all times, so please check back here before your visit for the most up-to-date visitor information.

For enquiries about existing bookings or if you do not have access to the internet to book admission tickets online please email: tickets@museums.cam.ac.uk or telephone 01223 333 230 during normal museum opening hours.

 

 

During your visit

  • When you arrive at the Fitzwilliam Museum, please enter through the Courtyard Entrance gates (the left side as you are looking at the front of the Museum) where our team will be there to welcome you. Your visit starts at the Courtyard Entrance and our floor plan will help guide you through the Museum. Nearly all our galleries are open, except those which are shown as closed on the plan.
     
  • Please have either a paper printout of your ticket or be ready to show this on your smartphone for scanning.
     
  • As you enter the Courtyard Entrance, a hand sanitising station is available, so please sanitise your hands.
     
  • The only toilets on site will be the ones in the basement level at the Courtyard Entrance (the ones at the Founder’s Entrance are not in use) so we recommend you visit the facilities at the Courtyard Entrance at the start or end of your visit.
     
  • Our regular visitors may notice some differences to what is on offer to families. Currently Fitz Kits, activity boxes, story starters, drawing materials and our baby play mat are not available to borrow. Free family trails continue to be available. We suggest bringing your own paper and pencils if you want to draw in the gallery.
     
  • Visitors will be able to follow floor markings to help them move around the collection, and we are asking visitors to keep left and move in a clockwise direction.
     
  • You will be asked to observe social distancing from others throughout the duration of your visit, and you may be asked to wait until others have moved on before proceeding into the next room.
     
  • To reduce risks for all our visitors, large print label books have currently been removed from the galleries. The large print label texts are available to download in advance of your visit from our Access page.
     
  • If you feel unwell at any stage during your visit, please alert a member of staff immediately so we can assist you.
     
  • After your visit, you can exit the museum using the Courtyard Entrance, although if you wish you can also exit from the Main Entrance in the Founder’s Building. The recent pandemic has profoundly impacted the economic situation of the cultural sector, The Fitzwilliam Museum included. If you are able, please consider making a donation, becoming a Friend or joining the Marlay Group. Your support, of any amount, is enormously appreciated as it will help to secure our future and enable us to continue to offer: free education sessions, inspiring exhibitions, world-class research, exemplary collections care and free access to our galleries. Donate today – your support has never been more important. Thank you.

Shop & Café

View of Courtyard Café & Shop at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Courtyard Café & Shop

 

Courtyard Café

The cafe within the Museum will not be open until 18 August. There will be no catering on the Museum site for the weeks beginning 4 and 11 August. You are welcome to consume your own food in the grounds at the front of the Museum, but please do not bring food or drink into the galleries.

 

Shop

The shop will be open from 11 August and taking contactless/debit and card payments only. Please avoid touching items you do not wish to purchase. You can also visit The Fitzwilliam Museum Online Shop

Access & Facilities

Access guide

The Fitzwilliam Museum has worked with AccessAble to create an accessibilty guide, available online or as an app. Please follow this link to access the guide.

 

Visual Story

Please click here to download the Fitzwilliam Museum Visual Story to help plan your visit.

 

Access into and around the Museum

Currently access to the Museum is only via the Courtyard Entrance, which provides street level access through automatic double glass doors, and is accessible from the Citi bus stop directly outside the gates to the museum. The Main Entrance to the Founder's Building of the museum is currently exit only. It is reached by a flight of 18 stone steps from street level. From this entrance, visitors have either to climb 24 stairs to reach the upper galleries, or descend 16 stairs to reach the lower galleries.

 

Lift

Lift to all floors is located near the Courtyard Entrance and visitors can access the galleries on the ground floor, and galleries on the upper floor. The education suite with seminar room, studio, schools cloakroom and lunchroom is located on the lower ground floor, close to the Courtyard entrance. Please only use the lift if you have mobility issues or have a pushchair, and only one household or social bubble at a time.

 

Wheelchairs 

Available at the Courtyard Entrance for visitors' use. Please book your wheelchair ahead when booking your ticket. 

 

Seating

Available in many of the galleries and portable stools are available at the entrances on request.

 

Assistance dogs

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and dogs for the disabled are welcome at the museum.

 

Lavatories and baby-changing facilities

Located near both entrances on the lower ground floor, including accessible toilets. 

 

Cloakroom facilities

Available at the Courtyard Entrance, open 10.00am - 4.50pm Tuesday - Saturday and 12.00pm - 4.50pm Sunday. There are a very limited number of self-service lockers at the Courtyard Entrance. These are 42cmx25cmx45cm and require a £1 coin for operation (returned after use). Due to space limitations, we regret that we are unable to accept the following: Items larger than Maximum size 56x45x25cm or Maximum weight: 10kg or Suitcases, Pushchairs, Shopping trolleys, Scooters, Fold-up bicycles, Musical instruments.

In the interests of security it may be necessary to conduct bag searches. To help to ensure the safety of our exhibits visitors are not permitted to carry items on their backs. Bags and other items larger than 31x25x10cm (except wheelchairs, mobility aids and pushchairs) may not be taken into galleries, but can be taken into the Courtyard Shop and Courtyard Cafe. All items deposited in the lockers are left at the owner's risk and should be collected before leaving the museum. The Museum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to vary or alter these conditions without prior notice.

 

Large Print Labels

To reduce risks for all our visitors, large print label books have currently been removed from the galleries. The large print label texts are available to download in advance of your visit here:

Ground Floor Galleries
Galleries 19, 20 & 21 - PDF
Galleries 19, 20 & 21 - Word
Gallery 26 - PDF
Gallery 26 - Word
Gallery 27 - PDF
Gallery 27 - Word
Galleries 28, 29, 30, 31 & 33 - PDF
Galleries 28, 29, 30, 31 & 33 - Word

Top Floor
Galleries 1, 4, 5 6, 7, 8, 15 & 17 - PDF
Galleries 1, 4, 5 6, 7, 8, 15 & 17 - Word

Temporary Exhibitions
Feast & Fast - PDF
Feast & Fast - Word

 

Verbal Description & Touch Tours

Led by a member of the Museum's Education department these 'Making Sense' tours combine the opportunity to touch selected objects on display with visual description. The tours can also include audio description of paintings. If there are specific objects or paintings that you would like to find out about, this can be discussed when arranging your tour. Currently, we are unable to offer touch tours but please be in contact if you would like to organise a tour with visual description.

 

To find out more please contact the Outreach and Access Officer: Tel: 01223 764392 or email education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk.

Family Visiting Tips

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Look Think Do

Activities for schools and families designed as a starting point for looking, talking and doing together while the Museum is closed.

Find out more

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The Fitzwilliam is a great place to bring children. Entry is always free (including special exhibitions), though you must now book a ticket in advance. You will see paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and more. Don’t feel like you need to see the entire Museum in one day. It’s a big place and worth many visits.
Our regular visitors may notice some differences to what is on offer to families. Currently Fitz Kits, activity boxes, story starters, drawing materials and our baby play mat are not available to borrow. We do have free family trails but we suggest bringing your own paper and pencils if you want to draw in the gallery.

 

Before you begin:

  • Bring your own drawing materials (pencils and coloured pencils only)
  • Pick up a map and family trail at the entrance desk
  • Help us keep the artwork safe by not touching or climbing on objects
  • Always walk, don’t run.
  • Please don’t eat or drink in the galleries
  • Children under 14 must always be accompanied by an adult
     
  • And remember, security guards protect you and the art; please respect their requests

 

Ideas for your visit:

  • Sketch: Using paper and pencils, sketch what you see in the galleries.
  • Imagine: As you look at paintings, imagine the sights, sounds, and smells you would experience if you stepped inside. Try striking a pose like the sculptures you see.
  • Search for colours, faces, crowns, or animals; choose a culture to explore (ancient Egypt, medieval knights). Not sure where to start? Pick up a trail or Fitz Kit at the information desk and search for objects by theme.
  • Play a gallery game. For example, “I spy”, or a memory game together. Look at a work of art for a few minutes. Then, turn around and describe what you saw.
  • After Your Visit Discuss together each person’s favourite object or gallery. Create a work of art together when you get home.
  • Come back for more!

 

Eating: During the reopening period our café provision will be more limited. During weekends and most school holidays the schools lunchroom is available for visitors to leave buggies but not as an eating space at this time. Visitors are welcome to enjoy packed lunches on the grass outside the museum.

Bags and Pushchairs: There is level access at the Courtyard Entrance for families with pushchairs or those who need disabled access. Buggies are allowed in all galleries, but unfortunately not back-pack style child carriers. Secure facilities for coats and bags are available at museum entrances. Buggies and pushchairs can be left in the school lunchroom during weekends and for most days during school holidays at the owners own risk. Please check at the information desks for availability.

Nursing: Unfortunately we do not have a dedicated space for breastfeeding. Many families prefer the café.

Baby-changing: Located near both entrances on the lower ground floor, including accessible toilets.

Things to note before your visit

In the interests of the safety and enjoyment of all our visitors we ask you to observe the following:

  1. We have a very limited supply of lockers, so do not bring anything you cannot carry with you around the museum, and only hand carry backpacks and small bags will be permitted.
  2. Our staff will be wearing visors or face coverings for everyone's safety, and we require our visitors to do the same.
     
  3. Hand sanitiser is available on arrival and at various points throughout your visit.
     
  4. Only use the lift if you have mobility issues or have a pushchair and only one household or social bubble at a time.
     
  5. Umbrellas may not be taken into the galleries. The Museum does not accept responsibility for items left in the lockers.
     
  6. Please do not smoke anywhere in the Museum buildings.
     
  7. Sketching is allowed in the galleries provided the galleries are not too busy. When sketching, please be aware of other visitors and make sure there is no risk to people or works in the gallery. No pastels, ink or liquid colour, including oils, may be used.
     
  8. In accordance with government guidelines, if you are feeling unwell, or are living with someone who is displaying symptoms of Covid-19 please delay your visit. You can find out more about the current guidelines on the gov.uk website.

Please do not:

  1. Get too close or touch any picture, its frame, glass, or label or any other object.
  2. Use a mobile telephone for making or receiving calls. Phones and tablets are permitted for photography and messaging, but please keep mobiles on silent and use earphones for audio material. (Full photography policy below).
  3. Bring food and drink for consumption in the Museum.

 

Read also our Policy on Photography in the galleries

Gallery Closures & Collection Updates

We regret that from time to time some galleries are closed to the public for refurbishment or redisplay - we are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

 

Long-Term Closures

Gallery 2 (British art 1801-1900)

Gallery 32 (Rothschild Gallery of Medieval & Renaissance art)

Gallery 34 (Fans)

Gallery 11 (Arts of the 20th Century) will be used for temporary exhibitions for the foreseeable future

 

Short-Term Closures

Sunday 20 September (13.00 - 16.00) - Gallery 1

 

In addition, individual pictures and objects are sometimes sent on loan to other museums. It is also necessary from time to time to change the contents of a display or remove items for conservation. If you are planning to visit the Museum to see a particular item, please check in advance that it is on view by contacting: reception@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk.

Guided Tours for Groups

Guided tours of the Museum are not currently available.

Tours of Feast and Fast can be booked when booking your exhibition ticket.

 

The centre of Cambridge and the area around the Museum are subject to vehicle restrictions and it is advisable not to travel by car into the centre where possible.

No visitor parking, but limited Pay & Display on Trumpington Street. Disabled badge-holders can park in pay and display bays for as long as is needed, and on single/double yellow lines for up to three hours, unless there is a ‘no loading’ sign. Nearest car parks: Grand Arcade off Pembroke Street, or Queen Anne, Gonville Place.

For more parking options visit the Cambridge City Council website

For Park & Ride information check the Park & Ride page of the Cambridgeshire County Council

Please check the below websites for the latest operating details:

U bus (select routes)
Park & Ride
The City Sightseeing bus

The nearest railway station is Cambridge (approx. 20 mins walk), with taxis and frequent buses to the city centre.

For more info check the National Rail Enquiries