PUBLISHED: 14:09 29 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:16 05 January 2017
One of the world’s most diverse museums for its size, you might need to visit twice to explore the whole building. But that’s OK - entry is free
Address: Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB
Visitor centre opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sundays and Bank holidays noon - 5pm
Entry prices: Free admission
Refreshments: The museum has a gift shop and a cafe serving an all-day menu
The Fitzwilliam Museum was first established after a donation by Richard, VII Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion, who donated his large collection to the University of Cambridge in 1816, hence its name.
The collection has since grown to establish collections of art, manuscripts, coins, medals, and antiquities. Favorites include works by the likes of Renoit, armour and weaponry, Greek and Roman artifacts and the Egyptian exhibit that has been growing since 1822. It now houses over half a million artifacts, and as one of the Cambridge University museums it’s free to enter.
A striking building on Trumpington Street that’s worth the visit for the architecture alone, it lies just down from King’s and Queens’ Colleges in the centre of the city. There are an array of quirky cafes and shops around.
If you’re visiting the city, and you’ve only got one day in Cambridge, then it’s well worth a look, although you’re not likely to make it the whole way around the museum and still get to everything else there is to in the city. You’ll have to come back, or stay another day!
For more information you can visit the Fitzwilliam Museum website.