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“Interesting and Quick”

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Ranked #25 of 168 things to do in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Come to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge to see world-class collections of art and artefacts from all over the world. Objects ranging from stone tools and pots to sculptures and paintings represent cultures and histories over millennia. Great recent and contemporary works reflect the diversity of peoples worldwide, and the resilience of indigenous cultures confronted by globalisation
Reviewed February 9, 2013

A great place to go to get a quick culture fix. I especially liked the Anthropology buildings. Interesting clothing, jewellery and other cultural items from around the world. Not a large selection but a good taster session.

Thank breakofdawn1
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

You can have a nice free afternoon or morning in this museum. It is quite and you do not feel rushed through.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

It depends on why you visit. Sometimes I go for local archaeology, at other times for a general view of the past, and sometimes for the ethnology collection. Whatever the reason, an hour in the 'Arch and Eth' is always rewarding. The displays are well organised, informative and attractive to lok at.

Thank John P
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

they have a huge store here so you can go back each month and see something different, the staff are really nice and make an effort to welcome you, even with children in tow, they have activities for children too. take your camera, there is so much to see.

Thank mrsakhayati
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

I concur with the positive reviews of others. A casual discussion with one of the curators was most useful. The MAA museum is in a stage of careful transition, as they consider how best to tell their story, and that of others. The ground floor is a treat, with modern display cases and techniques, bright and light, and filled with carefully considered little treasures. With only about 3% of material on display, they have the same problem as most museums, insufficient space and funds. The ground floor is superbly detailed architecturally, and it all works too. It manages to bridge the chasm between museum and art gallery most successfully, like the Quai Branly museum in Paris. This museum presents material as the art it clearly is, as well as the more traditional objects in a simple way. Children were encouraged, and the staff were competent and friendly.
The first and second floors are light-filled, with large objects, totem poles reaching to the glass roof. The museum is still considering how best to refresh the top floor, and is considering the visitor response to recent changes.
The MAA also shows some of its long term links with places such as the Torres Strait at the tip of
Australia, where AC Haddon went in 1888, then returned in for three years in 1898 with a team from this museum. These links continue today, and I particularly liked the contemporary shark sculpture on display. I also liked the small display of recent contemorary artists
Kauage and Akis from Papua New Guinea as well as their good displays of traditional material from this country. These ongoing links with past and present culture are important, and deserve support, to break down barriers between concepts of museums and art galleries.
Overall, it was a highlight of one day in Camridge, the other being the Kings College Chapel. See both!

Thank Green1946
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