Take Time Out to Visit Cambridge’s Museums

Cambridge boasts the country’s highest concentration of internationally renowned collections outside London.

FitzwilliamMany of the University of Cambridge’s eight museums are free to enter and offer trails and activity packs for children.

There are a whole host of independent galleries and exhibitions displaying pieces from local and international artists.

Pay a visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum – the arts and antiquities museum for the University of Cambridge, take a stroll around the exhibition space at Kettle's Yard or enjoy taking in the best in contemporary arts at the city's many independent galleries.


Enjoy the natural world at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, enjoy an insight into the history of aviation in times of war and peace at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford and get up close and personal with a collection of animals from all over the world at Shepreth Wildlife Park.

Fitzwilliam Museum

With over half a million incredible artworks in its collection, the Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the most impressive regional museums in Europe, presenting world history and art from as far back as 2500 BC to the present day. 

Located in the heart of Cambridge, the Museum is one of the most iconic buildings in the Cambridge cityscape, its monumental neo-classic facade and columns just a short walk away from the central colleges and the River Cam.

The Museum was founded in 1816 by the 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion who bequeathed his vast collections of art, music and books to the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge Folk MuseumCambs Folk Museum

Discover the vibrant history of Cambridge life in this friendly museum. Set in a 17th Century building you can explore the nine themed rooms about the lives of Cambridgshire people.

See the kitchen, bar, folklore and childhood rooms, which show how people have lived, worked and played since the 1660s.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Whipple MuseumThe Whipple Museum's collection includes scientific instruments, apparatus, models, pictures, prints, pgotographs, books and other material related to the history of science.

The museums holdings are particularly strong in material dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries, especially objects produced by English instrument makers, although the collection contains objects dating from the medieval period to the present day, Instruments of astronomy, navigation, surveying, drawing and calculating are well represented.

Also included are sundials, mathmatical instruments and early electrical apparatus.

The Whipple Museum was founded in 1944 when Rupert Stewart Whipple presented his collection of scientific instruments to the University of Cambridge.

The Polar Museum

Learn about the expeditions of Captain Scott, and other polar explorers. A small museum which exhibits a selection from the Institute's extensive collection of manuscripts, watercolours, prints, drawings, photos, relics (including clothing and travelling equipment) and arts and crafts relating to the polar regions.

Kettle's Yard

A fine collection of modern art in a unique and beautiful domestic setting & a gallery showing regular exhibitions. A major collection of 20th century paintings and sculpture, exhibited in a house of unique character. The gallery houses contemporary art exhibitions, talks and discussions.


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