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Museums and collections

 


The extraordinary collections contained within our eight museums and Botanic Garden can be used to bring all curricular areas to life and inspire learning.

Each of our organisations offer pre-booked visits on a range of themes. All the collections can be used to teach across different subjects and topics. Alternatively, you can combine visits to more than one collection.

In addition, the University of Cambridge Museums have a range of resources and activities on hand for self-led visits; and additional handling objects available to borrow for use within the classroom. Please contact individual organisations for further information on this.

For details on the themes and topics covered, plus information on how to start organising your visit, please select from the options below.

Learning from Objects

Through enquiry based learning and handling real artefacts, students will discover how Archaeologists and Anthropologists use objects to learn about people.

Tags: Anthropology, Archaeology, Critical Thinking, Discovery, Drawing, Early Civilisations, History, KS1, KS2, Materials, Museum Teacher, Object Handling, Sharing Ideas, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The Americas

Find out about the peoples and cultures of Mesoamerica and South America.

Tags: Adaptation, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art & Design, Critical Thinking, Drawing, Early Civilisations, Geography, History, KS2, Materials, Museum Teacher, Researching, Sharing Ideas, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Explorers

Learn about the people of the world and the journeys of famous European explorers such as Captain James Cook. Students will explore faraway lands and complete a giant map of the world with their findings.

Tags: Anthropology, Art & Design, Discovery, Drawing, Exploration, Geography, History, KS1, KS2, Materials, Museum Teacher, Researching, Sharing Ideas, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Extreme Environments

How have people adapted to extreme environments such as deserts, jungles or polar regions? How do these environments impact their way of life and culture?

Tags: Adaptation, Anthropology, Beliefs, Critical Thinking, Design & Technology, Drawing, Extreme Environments, Geography, History, KS1, KS2, Materials, Museum Teacher, Natural World, Object Handling, Researching, Sharing Ideas, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Stone Age to Iron Age

Students will use their senses to explore the sounds, sights and smells of the past.

Tags: Adaptation, Archaeology, Critical Thinking, Design & Technology, Early Civilisations, History, KS2, Local Interest, Materials, Museum Teacher, Object Handling, Researching, Sharing Ideas, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Cambridge Settlements

Build a timeline of Cambridge’s prehistoric and historic settlements through the remarkable objects displayed in the Cambridge gallery.

Tags: Archaeology, Critical Thinking, Early Civilisations, History, KS2, KS3, Local Interest, Museum Teacher, Object Handling, Sharing Ideas, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Ancient Maya

How did the ancient Maya express their identity? What objects they used to show their power? What can archaeology tell us about Maya life?

Tags: Adaptation, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art & Design, Beliefs, Critical Thinking, Design & Technology, Drawing, Early Civilisations, Extreme Environments, Geography, History, KS2, Museum Teacher, Object Handling, Sharing Ideas, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Indus Valley

Uncover the secrets of this Bronze Age civilisation as you take a close look at objects and historical photographs from Mohenjo-Daro, one of the largest cities in the Indus Valley.  Archaeologists have not yet deciphered the Indus Valley script,

Tags: Anthropology, Archaeology, Critical Thinking, Early Civilisations, Geography, History, KS2, Museum Teacher, Sharing Ideas, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Native Americas: North America

This gallery-taught session focuses on Native American and First Nation cultures of the Northwest Coast, Southwest and Great Plains of North America.

Tags: Anthropology, Art & Design, Beliefs, Critical Thinking, Design & Technology, Drawing, Geography, History, KS2, Museum Teacher, Sharing Ideas, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Roman Britain

What was life like in Roman Britain? Did people live in the Cambridge area in Roman times? What can archaeology tell us about Roman settlements in Britain?

Tags: Archaeology, Art & Design, Beliefs, Critical Thinking, Drawing, Early Civilisations, History, KS2, Local Interest, Museum Teacher, Object Handling, Sharing Ideas, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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