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The Museum's previous exhibitions and displays

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00 | Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays: 12:00 - 17:00
Closed 24th December to 27th December 2021 and 31st December 2021 to 1st January 2022 inclusive closed Gallery closures and collection updates

Archived exhibitions and displays

A Marlay bequest cutting

Cuttings: Manuscript fragments on the loose!

Friday 28th February 2020 to Wednesday 30th September 2020

The Baroque feasting table in Feast and Fast

Feast & Fast

Tuesday 26th November 2019 to Monday 31st August 2020

One of the fans in the exhibition

Fans Unfolded: Conserving the Lennox-Boyd collection

Tuesday 05th March 2019 to Sunday 12th July 2020

Image: Nicolas Poussin, Extreme Unction, 1638-40 (detail)

Poussin's virtual reality

Tuesday 08th October 2019 to Sunday 07th June 2020

Still life reconstruction by Spike Bucklow

Sharpening Perceptions: How to copy a masterpiece

Tuesday 04th February 2020 to Sunday 17th May 2020

Favrile glass vase, c.1900, designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) for Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co. Lent by the Frua-Valsecchi Collection, LL.115-2016

The Frua-Valsecchi Collection

Monday 01st August 2016 to Sunday 17th May 2020

Marlay Cutting 13A

Illuminating Winter Feasts

Wednesday 18th December 2019 to Tuesday 31st March 2020

Ceramics on display in gallery 27

Salisbury Family Collection of Studio Ceramics

Tuesday 25th September 2018 to Sunday 29th March 2020

A drawing from Wilburton Primary School

Inspire: A celebration of children's art

Tuesday 10th December 2019 to Sunday 22nd March 2020

A female nude drawn by Rembrandt

Rembrandt and the nude

Tuesday 24th September 2019 to Sunday 23rd February 2020

Keat's Ode to a Nightingale manuscript

John Keats: Presence and absence

Tuesday 08th October 2019 to Sunday 09th February 2020

Seeing sound intro image

Seeing Sound: Music, imagery and inspiration

Tuesday 08th October 2019 to Sunday 12th January 2020

Hill Arches, 1973, bronze. The Henry Moore Foundation: gift of the artist 1977. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.

Henry Moore’s Hill Arches (1973)

Wednesday 04th May 2016 to Sunday 08th December 2019

Jan Adam Kruseman (1804-1862), The Great Belzoni

The celebrated Mr Belzoni: A cultural gift to the Fitzwilliam

Tuesday 23rd July 2019 to Sunday 10th November 2019

Earthenware Bactrian Camel, Chinese, c. 618-907

Jennifer Lee: A personal selection

Tuesday 11th June 2019 to Sunday 22nd September 2019

James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne: The River at Battersea, 1878

Palaces in the Night: The urban landscape in Whistler’s prints

Tuesday 04th June 2019 to Sunday 08th September 2019

An Isaac Oliver miniature

Secrets of a Silent Miniaturist

Tuesday 05th February 2019 to Sunday 18th August 2019

Beggarstaffs exhibition banner

Beggarstaffs: William Nicholson & James Pryde

Tuesday 07th May 2019 to Sunday 04th August 2019

Viewing the Eddington Archaeological finds in the temporary cabinet

Eddington's prehistoric and Roman past

Monday 28th January 2019 to Monday 08th July 2019

Gold sovereign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) struck at the Tower of London 1584-7

Making a Nation: Money, image and power in Tudor and Stuart England

Tuesday 26th March 2019 to Sunday 30th June 2019

Pierre Turin (1891-1968), Paris International Exhibition of Arts Decoratifs, 1925

The 1920s: Crisis and innovation

Tuesday 29th January 2019 to Sunday 30th June 2019

The inner coffin of Pakepu, c.680– 664 BC (detail)

The Coffins of Pakepu

Friday 24th May 2019 to Saturday 25th May 2019

Vision Flyer

Vision: Long Road Sixth Form College Graduate Art Foundation Show

Tuesday 14th May 2019 to Thursday 16th May 2019

Image: James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), En Plein Soleil, from ‘Twelve Etchings from Nature’

The Gentle Art: Friends and strangers in Whistler’s prints

Tuesday 29th January 2019 to Sunday 12th May 2019

James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne, 1875 – 1877 © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

Whistler & Nature

Tuesday 08th January 2019 to Sunday 17th March 2019

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82), Ricorditi di me che son la Pia (from Dante’s Purgatorio), 1868

Collecting and Giving: Highlights from the Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor bequest

Tuesday 04th December 2018 to Saturday 02nd March 2019

Emma Smith installation

Emma Smith light installation

Tuesday 19th February 2019 to Sunday 24th February 2019

Vespasian Judea Capta Sestertius

Jerusalem: Coinage and empire from antiquity to the 19th century

Tuesday 02nd October 2018 to Monday 28th January 2019

Sampled Lives Flyer

Sampled Lives

Saturday 06th May 2017 to Sunday 13th January 2019

Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), The Little Boat House, c.1877

Amateur Etcher of Distinction: Prints by Francis Seymour Haden

Tuesday 09th October 2018 to Sunday 06th January 2019

Rodin's Man with Broken Nose

RA250 at the Fitz

Tuesday 13th February 2018 to Monday 31st December 2018

Image by France-Lise McGurn © The artist

Virginia Woolf: An exhibition inspired by her writings

Tuesday 02nd October 2018 to Sunday 09th December 2018

Victorious French Army, December 1918, medal by Henri Nocq

1918: Victory and a new Europe

Tuesday 05th June 2018 to Sunday 30th September 2018

Floral Fantasies

Floral Fantasies

Tuesday 05th June 2018 to Sunday 09th September 2018

Designed to Impress

Designed to Impress

Tuesday 13th March 2018 to Sunday 02nd September 2018


Matt Smith's Flux: Parian Unpacked

Tuesday 06th March 2018 to Sunday 01st July 2018

Halima Cassel, Virtues of Unity © The Artist • Photography by Jon Stokes

Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery

Tuesday 20th March 2018 to Sunday 17th June 2018

Writing in Cyprus

Writing in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean

Tuesday 16th January 2018 to Sunday 10th June 2018


Inflation, Identity and Nationalism: German emergency money between the wars

Tuesday 27th February 2018 to Sunday 03rd June 2018

C.996 1928

Love-themed ceramics from the J.W.L. Glaisher collection

Tuesday 30th January 2018 to Monday 28th May 2018

Object of my Affection card

The Object of My Affection: stories of love from the Fitzwilliam collection

Tuesday 30th January 2018 to Monday 28th May 2018

Egyptian Coffin Portrait

Inspired by Civilisations

Tuesday 27th February 2018 to Sunday 06th May 2018

Edward Lear Watercolour

Edward Lear

Tuesday 10th April 2018 to Sunday 22nd April 2018

Rembrandt Etching

Degas, Desboutin and Rembrandt: parallels in prints

Friday 27th October 2017 to Sunday 25th February 2018

The Enigma Machine

Codebreakers and Groundbreakers

Tuesday 24th October 2017 to Sunday 04th February 2018

Pallavi Paul

Terra Firma

Tuesday 24th October 2017 to Sunday 04th February 2018


Degas, Caricature and Modernity: Daumier, Gavarni, Keene

Tuesday 12th September 2017 to Sunday 21st January 2018

Degas Dancer sketch

Degas: A Passion for Perfection

Tuesday 03rd October 2017 to Sunday 14th January 2018

Hugo Dalton Lightdrawing

Hugo Dalton: the revival lightdrawings

Tuesday 21st November 2017 to Sunday 14th January 2018

Peace and War medal

Peace and War: 1900-1940

Tuesday 04th July 2017 to Sunday 29th October 2017

Honey from Many Flowers

Honey from Many Flowers: Carl Wilhelm Kolbe and Salomon Gessner’s Idylls

Tuesday 14th March 2017 to Sunday 10th September 2017

From Kabul to Kolkata image

From Kabul to Kolkata: highlights of Indian painting in the Fitzwilliam Museum

Monday 29th May 2017 to Sunday 03rd September 2017

Christopher Wood (1901 –1930), Building the Boat, Tréboul, 1930 © Kettle’s Yard

Sea to Shore: paintings by Alfred Wallis & Christopher Wood

Saturday 01st April 2017 to Sunday 27th August 2017

Dark Water, Burning World

Lesbos and Syria

Wednesday 15th March 2017 to Monday 31st July 2017

Osservanza image

Madonnas and Miracles: The Holy Home in Renaissance Italy

Tuesday 07th March 2017 to Sunday 04th June 2017

A cutting from a Marlay bequest manuscript

COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts

Saturday 30th July 2016 to Monday 02nd January 2017

Eyes from an Egyptian coffin

Death on the Nile

Tuesday 23rd February 2016 to Sunday 22nd May 2016

Silent partners logo

Silent Partners: Artist & Mannequin from Function to Fetish

Tuesday 14th October 2014 to Sunday 25th January 2015

Vermeer's women

Vermeer's Women: Secrets and Silence

Wednesday 05th October 2011 to Sunday 15th January 2012

The Fitzwilliam Collection, Housed in the Perse Hall, Old Perse Grammar School, Cambridge, c. 1822–25

Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts

Tuesday 16th June 2009 to Sunday 04th October 2009

Interior of the museum entrance

From the Land of the Golden Fleece: Tomb Treasures of Ancient Georgia

Thursday 02nd October 2008 to Sunday 04th January 2009

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