Museums

Museums in Cambridge, UK

Interior of the Fitzwilliam museum, Cambridge
Interior of the Fitzwilliam museum, Cambridge (photo by inkelv1122)

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge – in addition to the rich collection of antiquities (Egyptian, Greek, Roman) and paintings (Titian, Rubens, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Constable, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso, etc.), there is an interesting permanent exhibition of the Applied Arts with English and European pottery, glass, furniture, rugs, clocks, fans, armours, Chinese jades, Ming vases, ceramics from Japan and Korea, etc. If you are into numismatics, you will like the rare ancient and medieval coin collection. The museum is a frequent concert and lecture venue.
Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge – geological collections (fossils, minerals, etc.)
Museum of Zoology, Cambridge – birds, beasts, insects, fishes etc. and their habitats
Polar Museum, Cambridge – focuses on the history of polar exploration (North Pole, South Pole, Amundsen, Scott, etc.), you can see relics and memorabilia including the diaries and photos of the explorers
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge – if you think archeology is only exciting for Indiana Jones, think twice: the museum has an outstanding collection of ethnographic objects, collected by early explorers, like the crew members of Captain Cook’s voyages to the Pacific. Lots of prehistorical objects on display as well as items of social anthropology
Folk Museum, Cambridge, UK – life in the past in Cambridgeshire, East Anglia
Whipple Museum, Cambridge, UK – science museum with rare scientific objects and an interactive play room for adolescents
Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, UK – you can find out about what major breakthroughs took place in this world famous lab – small museum of physics and biology

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