Fitzwilliam Museum
Fitzwilliam Museum
4.5
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Museum houses vast collections of antiquities from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, including exhibits of English and European pottery and glass, furniture, clocks, Chinese jades, and ceramics from Japan and Korea.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Brian50Edmonton
    Edmonton, Canada190 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum and Art gallery
    The entire museum is excellent! The current feature The Islanders, about the 3-4 major islands in the Mediterranean was very interesting. All of the rooms were themed (mostly) from old Italian and Dutch Masters to Monet and thru to more modern pieces. It will take several hours even a full day to do it justice but if you have the time several days or half days would be beneficial.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 22, 2023
  • Joasi23
    South Yorkshire, United Kingdom1,425 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceeded all expectations
    What a wonderful place , only a few minutes walk from the main areas and well signposted. We have visited many many museums and all agreed this is up there with our favourites. The building itself is impressive, you enter into a beautiful staircase and the option of starting on either floor . The art exhibits in particular are well categorised so if time short it’s easy to skip to your area of interest. When next in Cambridge we will re visit .
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 21, 2023
  • M&J’s Adventures
    Brinklow, United Kingdom52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning architecture and great (free!) exhibits.
    Stunning architecture and some really lovely exhibits. Enough to keep you amused for a couple of hours or just a quick half hour depending how much time you had. Good range of Egyptian exhibits, pottery and art. Best of all, free admission. Even if you go to appreciate the building, that alone is truly something.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • saffrondoor
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not much free these days but this museum is.
    Didn’t expect much from this museum but I really enjoyed my visit. I love art and was surprised to find works from greats such as Renoir, Monet, Cézanne and many others. And for free!!! Great anytime whether it’s raining or not pop in.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • 111TWIGAMINHAAFRIKA
    Bristol, United Kingdom7,257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand museum and free to enter...
    One of the finest museum's I have visited and at the heart of Cambridge. Colonial art throughout, incredible ancient artefacts, all housed upon two well organised floors. Incredible building in its own right, very good cafe and shop.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 15, 2023
  • langholm
    219 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place of interest
    Not one of the most exciting museums in the UK but the set out and vibe works very well. Worth 1.5-2 hours and a really nice place in general. Good shop with some different items on sale.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Manfred B
    138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding Museum in Cambridge
    We visited the Fitzwilliam Museum during our holiday in Cambridgeshire. The Building has many Architecural Features inside and outside, with a most beautiful Entrance Hall and Staircase a Treasue to behold one of the greatest Ancient Art Collections of the Nation. This is a Must See Venue and Admission is free.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Elizabeth H
    Cambridge, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely visit
    We often go to the Fitzwilliam as they have great (free) exhibitions. The Real Families one is stunning. Moving, surprising, beautiful, happy and sad it’s one of their best ever, and on until January 2023. Definitely go. We saw Black Atlantic too which was a smaller exhibition but also amazing.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 23, 2023
  • Jacqueline Q
    Cambridge, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum
    I spent the afternoon exploring the Fitzwilliam museum and it was really enjoyable. There are currently two exhibitions that are well worth viewing. The real families exhibition was one of the most interesting exhibitions I have seen. It deals with current and past idealisms of the family and is beautifully integrated to bring the story of how "the family" as we knew it has changed and how we are a better society perhaps because of this. It gives much food for thought and it was interesting with great art work past and present. There is so much to see in the Fitzwilliam from the impressionist paintings to amazing sculptures. There is a lovely shop with an array of books puzzles and much more and lovely books etc for children. The coffee shop is well worth stopping off for a light lunch or a coffee and a cake. I left a donation but was not asked to do so. Thanks to the Fitzwilliam once again for a very memorable day. I have to add that all the staff were very helpful and kind.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 8, 2023
  • Chrystal C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit.
    A small free mesuem with lots of artefacts from around the world during different eras. The anthropology levels are very interested and learning about the history of Cambridge is aborbsing to look at. The staff were friendly and the shop sells lovely little trinkets too. I primarily went there to look at Roman artefacts but was fascinated with what was on offer.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 8, 2023
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Lizveall
London, UK153 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
The Covid measures make this visit a little uncomfortable as you have to keep masks on all the time. But there are fewer people to contend with. The exhibits are a bit dry - paintings are dark and dreary (most from the Rennaisance period) but the actual building is stunning and as it’s free, worth a visit.
Written September 6, 2020
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TJeinsteinwood
Deal, UK410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Located in an impressive building, this is a free museum. Really helpful staff, with maps in multiple languages. Cost racks free to use. Larger bags can be safely stored away too. There are fold away stools around the museum which you can take to rest on to look round- it's a big place!

Really interesting to look round- art, Greeks, Roman's, Egyptians to name but a few of the amazing relics to look at.

Great shop too!

Definitely worth a visit whilst in Cambridge
Written March 1, 2020
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AmyCAds
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We visited the Fitzwilliam Museum during half term as it was forecast a rainy afternoon. We were not disappointed at all. There was plenty to look at with our favourite exhibits being the Ancient Egyptian area and the art collection. We also had some lunch in the cafe which was excellent. We would definitely recommend this museum and we would visit again.
Written February 20, 2020
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Ashfield531
Ringwood, UK1,026 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
The building is very fine both inside and out. Booking a free timed entry online is easy and the staff are good at explaining how they are dealing with Covid.

We went to the top and worked down with one of the best exhibits being in the 1st room; they had some old artworks and then examples of the work done by students studying painting techniques - the skill displayed is superb.

There are plenty of very fine paintings from many different eras and far better than you expect from a museum outside London.

There are old timepieces, furniture, porcelain and ancient artefacts including some excellent pieces from Egypt.

We ran out of time and after a while you tend to get overloaded so we will be coming back again.
Written October 9, 2020
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M G
Arlington, VA95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We took a day trip from London to Cambridge to visit the many colleges in town. We ended our trip with a stop at the Fitzwilliam. This is an excellent art and antiquities museum in Cambridge, very similar to the British Museum, if not nearly as large. The building itself is magnificent, with an amazing entry foyer and many exhibition halls arranged in a grand, classical manner (as opposed to the minimalistic design generally favored today). One could easily spend several hours browsing the halls. During our visit in the later afternoon, the museum was not very crowded. The staff were very helpful in directing us around the maze-like interior.

The museum has a small café, serving both cold and hot dishes, and we enjoyed a nice meal there.

I hope to return someday soon for another visit. Highly recommended.
Written March 11, 2020
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Joyce
514 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This museum is gorgeous and filled with lots of interesting artefacts and rooms to wander around in. The current temporary David Hockney exhibit was wonderfully integrated into existing permanent features. There's a little bit of everything for everyone! Entry is free for the entire museum but you do need to book a day to go and see the David Hockney and the True to Nature Exhibition.
Written June 5, 2022
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Neil---travelist
Cambridge, UK136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Visited the Fitzwilliam Museum as part of a school project for my son. If you want to visit, you need to book ahead on the museum website. The staff were thorough with their COVID-19 precautions and directed us around the museum allowing for adequate social distancing. Highlight of the trip are the impressionist paintings - plenty to see, so give yourself a couple of hours.
Written September 14, 2020
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andrewcauldwell51
Kelowna, Canada80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Well worth the visit to experience an amazing collection of ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek art together with renaissance, European and English art. It’s possible to get up close and view the details of masterpieces and really appreciate them.
Security is good and staff are watching in every room all the time.
The museum doesn’t allow shoulder or other large bags, better not to take in but these can be checked in for safekeeping at the reception.
Written January 26, 2020
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Léa Duarte Nogueira
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
A beautiful museum that reflects Cambridge. The exterior is beautiful with the golden and pink pineapple and also this large building. It's a big museum where I got lost more than once. There are so many things to look at that you get lost in it. Museums in England are very different from those in Switzerland. The Swiss museums are more focused on one painter or one country and in England you can find all the countries and all the painters. From a personal point of view, I liked this museum even if it was difficult to stay focused and see everything. A small piece of advice, you should go to this museum when it rains and take advantage of the good weather to stay outside and visit the rest of the city. This museum can be a way to have fun despite bad weather.
Written March 15, 2020
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum is in a class of its own. The exhibitions are endlessly brilliant and there are many different galleries to peruse. I especially enjoyed the Armoury collection made up of weapons and suits. Highlights also include inlaid furniture, clocks and Rome / ancient Sudan. Free admission!
Written February 22, 2020
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