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Museums and galleries in Cambridge will be closed to the public as part of a period of national/local restrictions.

The museum has now re-opened and we look forward to welcoming you back. Our regular visitors may notice some differences to what is on offer to families. Currently Fitz Kits, activity boxes, story starters, drawing materials and our baby play mat are not available to borrow. We do have free family trails but we suggest bringing your own paper and pencils if you want to draw in the gallery.

Family First Saturdays will begin again from September, with free themed self-led activities available for 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month and free family tours. Don’t forget to book your free tickets for the Museum and for the tours.

We will also continue sharing lots of different ways for you to connect with the collections, be inspired, create, respond and relax from home, with new activities released each month. Here are some for you to enjoy right now:

Look, Think, Do

Look Think Do is a brand new set of activities designed as a starting point for looking, talking and doing together. They have been created with families learning together and teachers planning remote learning in mind, but we hope people of all ages will enjoy the opportunity to spend some time with some of our collection favourites – from ancient Egypt to Impressionist painting.

Summer with the Museums

Although many of the University of Cambridge Museums are not open to visitors just yet, you can still enjoy some museum-themed fun. Summer with the Museums will be supplemented by a number of films, activities and digital resources on the Summer with the Museums web page. Activities from the Fitzwilliam include Holiday from home and our Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ activity Rainbow Families.

Summer at the Museums is delivered by the University of Cambridge Museums as part of its Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation funded programme.


Playdaze, the free summer programme for primary school-aged children and families from Cambridge City Council's Children and Young People's Participation Service (ChYpPS), will run across the holiday period from Monday 27 July until Wednesday 2 September. For a weekly programme of events and activities is produced online.

Discover Arts Award Digitally with University of Cambridge Museums

The Discover Arts Award is a great chance for children (5 -19 years) to make art, discover artists who inspire them and share their artwork with family and friends. They can earn a Discover Arts Award certificate.

Hidden Tales

Our friends at Hidden Tales, in collaboration with the Arts Council of England, have created a free activity pack for families based on Riddle of the White Sphinx. This interactive adventure book around the museums in Cambridge is recommended for children aged aged 8+.

Story telling

The Story of the Boat of Millions of Years

The Story of Vanessa and the Butterfly

The Story of the Red Scarf

The Story of the Horse and the Lion

The Story of Hadrian and Antinous

Nursery Rhymes

The Story of Demeter and Persephone

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