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“A delight.”

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Ranked #25 of 159 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
Cardigan, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“A delight.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

This museum is small and manageable. Our group of 7 ranged from age 14-75 years and everyone found something that appealed to them. Artefacts from around the world give a fascinating glimpse into other lives and countries. The displays are full of little treasures. I liked seeing the mix of ancient and more contemporary items. The museum has a sort of art gallery feel with photos, films and crafts. There was also an exhibition of lovely prints and paintings from Botswana. Free entry. Toilets. Lift. Small understated gift shop selling some super knick knacks e.g. small beautifully coloured,lacquered bowls for £3 each. Staff were knowledgeable and pleasant. Will definitely return next time I'm in Cambridge. Well worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
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“Little Gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2014

If you like tribal art, have an interest in ethnographic items and anthropology generally, you will really enjoy this small charming collection. Not as impressive as Oxford's Pitt Rivers but nonetheless well worth a visit. Mostly in unmodernised old display cases - and to me that is one of its attractions - there are pieces from tribal cultures from around the world. Papua New Guinea, Solomon islands, african, eskimo, amazon, native american. Just a small selection of each but top quality objects. Although tons of this type of stuff must have been collected and brought to Britain over the centuries, there are not many museum or collections devoted solely to tribal arts. That's one of things that makes this small collection special. If you like that sort of thing, seek this place out. You won't be disappointed.

Visited September 2013
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“Small but perfectly formed...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

...and free entry, more to the point. Three floors containing some really interesting artefacts, including some great displays showing indigenous people's dress from around the world. The staff are super friendly and aren't afraid to approach you with information about the thing you happen to be looking at. We had a great chat with a lady about the totem pole made from one huge tree - she even quizzed us! We'll worth a 20-30 minute dalliance.

Visited May 2014
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Make sure you go upstairs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

This museum is brilliant - spent a really enjoyable couple of hours here. Downstairs contained all sorts of unexpected treasurers ranging from classical inscriptions to what I think is the oldest snakes and ladders board in the world. The first floor gallery is like a tour of the world in one room - I have no idea how they fitted some of the artefacts in the space available or even got them up the stairs! In short, this is a must-see museum.

Visited September 2013
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“Interesting and well organised”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

This museum is not large, but it is nicely spaced out with good lighting so you can spend an hour or two looking round without even noticing the time go. The first floor is full of really interesting displays of cultures from all over the world, and activity sheets for children (sadly, none for adults as of yet!). The top floor still has some display cases to be filled, but it is worth going up the extra flight to see the Yorkshire archaeology display and the top of the totem pole. There is also a wonderful black and white film being run on the second floor of a 1930s' expedition into south-east Asia.

Visited September 2013
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