Hotel Offers


A Guide to The Fitzwilliam Museum

Top Tips

What You Need to Know

  1. Located in the heart of Cambridge, the Fitzwilliam Museum is a world-class facility housing artefacts from the Roman, Egyptian and Ancient Greek eras.
  2. The museum’s collections also include more modern pieces, including 20th century art.
  3. Other collections of note include the medieval manuscripts and printed books, the coins and medals collection and the displays of European and Oriental applied art.
  4. The Fitzwilliam is easy to find in Cambridge, while excellent transport links mean it is accessible to visitors from London and across the south-east of England by car or with train tickets.
  5. The museum is well-equipped to welcome visitors with disabilities, with wheelchair ramps available and induction loops in place for the hard-of-hearing.
  6. As of 2011, entrance to the Fitzwilliam costs £3.00, with discounts available for students, concessions and Friends of the Museum.
  7. Before you pay a visit, it’s always worth checking the official website for news of special temporary exhibitions and for any planned gallery closures in order to avoid disappointment.

The Fitzwilliam Museum



Located in the heart of the historic city of Cambridge, the Fitzwilliam Museum is a world-class facility housing artefacts from the Roman, Egyptian and Ancient Greek eras.

It also displays a range of art, including masterpieces from the 13th century to the present day, as well as a selection of pottery, oriental art and illuminated manuscripts, for history fans to pour over.

The Fitzwilliam Museum was founded by Richard, VII Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion who, in 1816, gave the facility to the University of Cambridge in order to further learning at the establishment.

Max Fisher, of Britain's Best Museum and Galleries, called the attraction a "museum collection of beauty, quality and rarity", its official website reports.

Furthermore, the Standing Commission on Museums & Galleries in 1968 said it was "one of the greatest art collections of the nation and a monument of the first importance".

Getting to the Fitzwilliam Museum



The museum is located on Trumpington Street in Cambridge city centre and therefore is easily accessed by those who live centrally.

For those travelling to Cambridge, the attraction is located a 20-minute walk from the railways station and there is a frequent taxi and bus service between the two. Rail services operate to Cambridge from Kings Cross, Stansted Airport, Peterborough and the Midlands.

Motorists are advised that the area of Cambridge the Fitzwilliam Museum is in is subject to vehicle restrictions. Those travelling by car may prefer to use the city's park and ride systems instead.

The main roads into Cambridge are the M11 from London and the south, turning off at junctions 11, 12 or 13, and the A14 from the west and east, turning off at the A1307 and A1303, respectively.

Why Visit Fitzwilliam Museum?



At the museum visitors can gain a "vivid glimpse" into many aspects of ancient life, through the artefacts that are on display. From items excavated from Egyptian tombs and ivory inlays to copper-alloy figures the museum's collection of antiques help visitors gain an idea of how people from different ages and nations lived on a day-to-day basis.

Meanwhile, the Fitzwilliam Museum's department of paintings, drawings and prints offers visitors the chance to see works of art from Europe, America and Asia, dating back as far as the 13th century. Highlights include works from the Italian Renaissance by world-renowned artists such as Canaletto and a series of portrait miniatures from British artists. French Impressionist painters are also a feature of the gallery rooms as are a collection of British watercolours.

Other collections of note include the medieval manuscripts and printed books, the coins and medals collection and the displays of European and Oriental applied art.

When to Visit

As of 2011, the Fitzwilliam Museum is open between 10am and 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, with opening hours of 12pm to 5pm in place on Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays. The museum itself advises setting aside between two and three hours for your visit given the size of its collections.

Before you pay a visit, it’s always worth checking the official website for news of special temporary exhibitions and for any planned gallery closures in order to avoid disappointment. In 2012, for example, some works of 20th century art will be withdrawn from the collections for refurbishment.

Access and Admissions

The museum is well-equipped to welcome visitors with disabilities, with wheelchair ramps available and induction loops in place for the hard-of-hearing.

As of 2011, entrance to the Fitzwilliam costs £3.00, with discounts available for students, concessions and Friends of the Museum.

Further Reading

 

Leave a Comment on this Article
leave comment >