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Viscount Fitzwilliam

Cambridge

Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum is one of those rare locations around which extraordinary artifacts and astounding legends congregate in abundance. From its ancient Greek armour to its drawings by Da Vinci, this museum truly contains the whole world within its walls.

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The world within its walls

Housed in a beautiful 19th-century building, the Fitzwilliam collection is one of the UK's most important selections of historical and cultural works. This stunning museum contains works by the world's greatest artists, sculptors, makers, writers and musicians throughout history.

Let this unique assembly take you on a journey from prehistoric times, through to ancient Greece and Rome, Egypt, and medieval Japan, all the way to modern-day Britain. As you explore, listen to the fascinating tales of your guide - Richard, VII Viscount Fitzwilliam - whose gifts began this stunning collection.

Through Fitzwilliam's stories, you'll get a window into the battlefields of Medieval Europe, the lives of travelling Roman merchants, the Renaissance stories of Florentine lovers, and the incredible tale of the 6 foot 7 inches strongman, The Great Belzoni. The Fitzwilliam museum really does contain the whole world within its walls.

 

 

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A lifetime of appreciation

To say that Fitzwilliam was an avid collector would be a drastic understatement. During his 71 years of life, until his death in 1816, the Irish Viscount saved over 500 folio albums of engravings, 144 pictures, and 130 medieval music manuscripts, including important works by Handel and Purcell.

On the day of his death, he bequeathed his entire collection to the University of Cambridge - where he received his education. Fitzwilliam's astonishing contributions to the preservation of art and history have inspired a host of avid collectors throughout the ages, who together have made the Fitzwilliam one of the most admired museums in the world. One man's dream of a beautiful building dedicated to art and culture became, in the words one of its directors, 'a palace'.

 

 

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About your visit

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Meet William Shakespeare, the Venerable Bede, Sir Joseph Banks, and a cast of colourful figures ready to take you on a journey through the annals of history. Along the way, you'll discover some of England's tallest tales, horrifying histories, magical myths, and larger-than-life legends.

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Useful info

The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street, Cambridge
CB2 1RB

Mon: Closed
Tues - Sat: 10 am - 5 pm
Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays: 12 - 5 pm

01223 332900