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Family Visiting Tips

The Fitzwilliam is a great place to bring children when the Museum is open. Entry is always free (including special exhibitions). You will see paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and more. Don’t feel like you need to see the entire Museum in one day. It’s a big place and worth many visits. We do have free family trails but we suggest bringing your own paper and pencils if you want to draw in the gallery.

Before you begin:

  • Bring your own drawing materials (pencils and coloured pencils only)
  • Pick up a map at the entrance desk
  • Help us keep the artwork safe by not touching or climbing on objects
  • Always walk, don’t run
  • Please don’t eat or drink in the galleries.
  • Children under 14 must always be accompanied by an adult
  • And remember, security guards protect you and the art; please respect their requests

Ideas for your visit:

  • Sketch: Using paper and pencils, sketch what you see in the galleries.
  • Imagine: As you look at paintings, imagine the sights, sounds, and smells you would experience if you stepped inside.
  • Try striking a pose like the sculptures you see.
  • Search for colours, faces, crowns, or animals; choose a culture to explore (ancient Egypt, medieval knights). Not sure where to start?
  • Play a gallery game: for example, I spy', or a memory game together. Look at a work of art for a few minutes. Then, turn around and describe what you saw.
  • After your visit, discuss together each person’s favourite object or gallery. Create a work of art together when you get home.
  • Come back for more!

Eating

A children's menu is available in the Café. During weekends and most school holidays the schools' lunchroom is available for all visitors, particularly families, to eat packed lunches and leave buggies. Please check at the information desks for availability.

Bags and Pushchairs

There is level access at the Courtyard Entrance for families with pushchairs or those who need disabled access. Buggies are allowed in all galleries, but unfortunately not back-pack style child carriers. Secure facilities for coats and bags are available at museum entrances. Buggies and pushchairs can be left in the school lunchroom during weekends and for most days during school holidays, at the owner's own risk. Please check at the information desks for availability.

Nursing

Unfortunately we do not have a dedicated space for breastfeeding. Many families prefer the Café.

Baby-changing

Located near both entrances on the lower ground floor, including accessible toilets.

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