Museums & Galleries

Museums & Galleries

Cambridge has so many museums to visit that you simply wont be able to fit them all into one day.

If you are wondering what is the best museum in Cambridge or what museums can I visit outside of the city, check out the helpful links in the list below and begin to explore your new favourite museum!

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KEY FACTS
  • On the same day you could marvel at ancient Egyptian relics in the Fitzwilliam Museum, visit the North and South Poles at The Polar Museum, take a look at the original specimens that Darwin collected on his famous trip on The Beagle or gaze upon old masters by artists such as Canaletto, Titian and Cezanne...
Clare Hall
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Clare Hall

Clare Hall is a college for advanced study at the University of Cambridge. We have beautiful grounds and gardens to explore. A British architect and long-time resident of Sweden, Ralph Erskine, was enlisted to build a resolutely modern community within Cambridge’s history-rich landscape.

Courtyard Kitchen
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Courtyard Kitchen

Combining food and culture, our modern eatery is the perfect spot to enjoy freshly prepared, homemade food whilst being able to peruse the contemporary exhibitions, art and antiquities within the museum walls.

Imperial War Museum Duxford
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Imperial War Museum Duxford

Visit Imperial War Museum Duxford for a huge day out. See Spitfires take to the skies from the airfield where they first flew, get up close to gigantic aircraft and walk in the footsteps of the men and women who served here.

Kettle’s Yard
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Kettle’s Yard

Kettle’s Yard is the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery. Kettle’s Yard is a beautiful House with a remarkable collection of modern art and a gallery that hosts modern and contemporary art exhibitions.

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

MAA is a museum of humanity's history over hundreds of thousands of years, of world cultures over recent centuries, and of Indigenous life and art in the present.

Museum of Classical Archaeology
Free
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Museum of Classical Archaeology

The Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge houses one of the largest plaster cast collections in the world.

Museum of Zoology
Free
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Museum of Zoology

The University Museum of Zoology is one of Cambridge's major attractions. Our brilliant galleries showcase the diversity of animal life, from marsupials to monkeys, mammoths to manatees. Visit us to discover stories of extinction, survival, evolution and exploration.

Oliver Cromwell’s House
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Oliver Cromwell’s House

Visit the former Lord Protector’s family home, the only residence still in existence other than Hampton Court. Following a refurbishment, our House now boasts a completely re-vamped Civil War Exhibition with impressive interactive displays and interpretations. You’ll have the opportunity to try on costumes and try out the games of the time as well as truly experience what life was like on the battlefields during the English Civil War in our new mini encampment. Audio handsets bring the story of the impressive Oliver Cromwell House vividly to life.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
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Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

A walk through the Sedgwick Museum will take you on a 4.5 billion year journey through time.

The Centre for Computing History
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The Centre for Computing History

The Centre for Computing History is much more than a museum.

The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey
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The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey

Our independent museum tells the 850-year old story of farming and life in the Cambridgeshire Fens. We also manage Denny Abbey, the former Benedictine monastery, on behalf of English Heritage.

The Fitzwilliam Museum
Free
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The Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum is the lead partner of the spectacular collections of the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) and Botanic Garden.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science
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Whipple Museum of the History of Science

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

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