The Fitzwilliam Museum

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From Egyptian coffins to Impressionist masterpieces – the Fitzwilliam Museum's world-class collections of art and antiquities span centuries and civilizations.

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Opening hours

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00

Admission charges


The Fitzwilliam Museum has magnificent permanent collections of international importance. The entire collection is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Holdings include antiquities from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome; English and European pottery and glass; furniture, clocks, fans and armour, coins, medals, illuminated, literary and music manuscripts and rare printed books; paintings, including masterpieces by Simone Martini, Domenico Veneziano, Veronese, Titian, Rubens, Hals, Van Dyck, Canaletto, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Constable, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Monet and Picasso, portrait miniatures and 20th century art, and changing displays of drawings, watercolours and prints. The collections also include artefacts from Sudan and Cyprus, and Chinese, Japanese and Korean art, rugs and samplers.

Founded in 1816, the Museum is housed in splendid buildings, the first of which, designed by George Basevi opened in 1848.

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Collection details

Weapons and War, Music, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Ancient Egypt, Sudan
  • Greece and Rome
  • Roman and Romano-Egyptian Art
  • Western Asiatic displays and Cypriot Art
  • English and European pottery and glass, furniture, clocks, fans, armour
  • Chinese, Japanese and Korean art
  • Simone Martini, Domenico Veneziano, Titian, Veronese, Rubens, Van Dyck, Hals, Canaletto, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Constable, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Picasso
  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Writing Lives: Death on the Nile with novelist Sophie Hannah

  • 13 May 2016 6:45-7:30pm

To celebrate the Death on the Nile exhibition and Agatha Christie’s Poirot novel set in Egypt, crime novelist and poet Sophie Hannah will be talking about being given permission by the Christie estate to write a new Poirot murder mystery The Monogram Murders, and her latest novel A Game for all the Family.

Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email: education

We also invite book groups and individuals to read Agatha Christie’s famous Poirot mystery Death on the Nile and join in our online discussion group:

Books will be available to buy in the Fitzwilliam shop or to borrow from your local library who have ordered extra stock for our online book group.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
Image of young couple looking at painting in the Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam After-hours

  • 13 May 2016 5-9pm

Drop-in and explore the collections, catch a Jazz performance and enjoy a spot of late-night shopping. With cocktails and Mediterrean nibbles available from the cafe. Plus enjoy the chance to view our current exhibition Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient egypt after-hours

Suitable for

  • Any age

The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street




01223 332900


01223 332923

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