23/07/2019
03/09/2019
A mix of free and paid for events

With a mix of hands-on activities, events and trails, Summer at the Museums offers plenty for you and the family to enjoy throughout the summer holidays.

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Explore the world of Dinosaurs at Ely Museum, learn more about climate change at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, join the Strong Women circus scientists performance at the Fitzwilliam Museum; or become a Science Detective with a day of activities based across the University of Cambridge Museums.

With more than 140 drop-in and bookable activities to choose from, plus tips and advice about how to get the most out of each visit, you'll have everything needed to plan a fun filled summer in Cambridge and its surrounding areas.

Included Events

Boy and girl posing in museum with large knitted mouse
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Free

Twenty mice have escaped from Larratts Mill and are hiding in the museum. Can you follow the trail and find them all?

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children on stepping stones
Admission charge applies for accompanying adults

Uncover the hidden stories of the Garden on this new trail for summer 2021

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Jade buffalo from China's Ming Dynasty
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Free

Some cows have had a moo-vellous morning at the Fitz. But, they have become separated and need to return to their field before the farmer gets worried. Can you find and tick off these cows from around The Moo-seum?

Download or print off this activity. Or pick up a copy from our Museum Reception. 

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Red admiral butterfly basking on a leaf
Free

If you want to have a go recording butterfly behaviours for yourself why not take part in our Zoology Live Butterfly Challenge.

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Cow looking at camera side-on
Free

Join us for our Cowpats about Cambridge summer challenge and discover what creatures live inside a pile of dung.

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Cambridge city map overlaid with safari locations and animal illustrations
Free

Go on safari in Cambridge’s green spaces to discover the plants and animals that live in these city centre wildlife havens.

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Salt-dough sculptures of sea creatures and plastic trash
Free

This year for Zoology Live, we are challenging you to take part in a Protest Plastics challenge. There's a few ways to get involved, from creating a Protest Plastics sculpture to pledging to swap a plastic item.

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Child with family feeding horse
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Adults £15 (can be upgraded to an annual pass free of charge), children under 16 are free.

Enjoy a range of summer activities and outdoor fun at the National Horseracing Museum

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three cartoon t rex
Free

Can you spot our colourful dinosaurs hidden around the museum?

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Volunteers in art activity tent on lawn of Fitzwilliam Museum
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Free

This year, Family Art Week is themed around the senses, inspired by our temporary exhibitions: The Human Touch and Scent from Nature. We will have free art activities on the lawn between Tues 27th July and Friday 30 July. 

The event is unfortunately SOLD OUT, however, we have online activities through our website here.

 

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Stained Glass Museum logo featuring a stained glass 'roundel'
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Adult admission applies, children go free

Drop-in to the Museum for special holiday trails and crafts. 

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Crafts at the Castle publicity poster
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
£5 per activity pack

Join Saffron Walden Museum in their grounds near the newly opened Walden Castle for some fun crafting activities.

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Green tractor sitting outside large barn
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Normal museum admission applies

Follow the story of Fenland Farming from past to present with a special trail and activities.

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View of Burwell Museum windmill
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Normal museum admission applies

Visit the Museum every Thursday to create your own artworks based on objects in the museum's collections

 

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Image of two video game characters
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Normal museum admission applies

Enjoy this 30-minute museum tour and explore the history of video games.

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Image of museum exterior with coloured bunting
Free with normal admission

Pick up an activity guide and explore the folklore at the Museum of Cambridge through fun games and challenges.

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Poster image advertising event
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Trails free; craft activities: £2.50 per child

Complete a gallery trail each week to earn stickers for your summer sticker book, plus drop-in to the Museum for themed crafts each Friday.

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Family visiting the Polar Museum
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Free

Join us at the Polar Museum for our family friendly opening days during the summer holidays. These days are bookable specifically for children and their carers.

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Selection of witch's bottles in a display case
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pay what you wish

Make your very own spell bottle and learn about the history of witches and witchcraft in the fens.

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children playing
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Free

Join us in St Peter’s Churchyard for free, practical art making activities. Be inspired by Kettle’s Yard and make your own artworks. Pick up one of our family art activity packs and get creative with our artists. You can collect your materials to make outside at Kettle’s Yard or take them home with you.

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Child using mosaic tiles for craft
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
• £8.50 per person (1x ticket for each adult or child making a tile, accompanying adults not making a tile are free)

A bookable workshop where you can design and make your own clay tile.

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Large wooden telescope
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Find out more about the amazing women behind some of the objects in the Whipple Museum's collection! Follow the museum trail at any time when the museum is open or come on a Monday afternoon to take part in practical activities based on a different woman each week. Booking essential.

 

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Interior of Museum with bronze cast of dinosaur and families
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

A special event at the Sedgwick Museum aimed at children with special educational needs who usually find visiting museums overwhelming due to conditions that affect their sensory processing and/or have a developmental disability. 

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Poster image advertising event
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
£2 per child

Fun storytelling and craft sessions for children aged 3 - 6 years.

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Poster image advertising event
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Workshop participant - £15; Accompanying Adult - £9 (required for under 14s)

Join this workshop to learn some fundamentals of coding before making your own game. 

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Boy trying on a replica civil war helmet while adult and another child look on
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
£12 per table (2-6 children accompanied by carers)

Do you have what it takes to join the New Modelled Army, and fight for Parliament? Join this workshop to make your own equipment, meet real Civil War soldiers, and receive your training certification, signed by Oliver Cromwell!

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Paper boat floating on water
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Ages 3+ £2.50, under 3s free

Complete the Noah’s Ark trail and try out some related activities.

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Poster image advertising event
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Normal museum admission applies

Join Ely Museum for a fun drop-in Fenland themed craft session. With lots of fun crafts to try and real museum objects to handle, there is plenty to enjoy.

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Assorted computers from last 40 years
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Normal museum admission applies

Discover the extraordinary advances made in technology over 50 years of computing history.

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Poster image of Crafts at the Castle
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
£5 per activity pack

Join Saffron Walden Museum in their grounds near the newly opened Walden Castle for some fun crafting activities. 

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Soft toys sitting on grass in front of farming machinery
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Normal museum admission applies

Visit the Farmland Museum for traditional games and a teddy bear's picnic. 

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Close-up of starfish showing tube feet
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

Join us in creating a Protest Plastic salt-dough sculpture together and hear from marine experts to help design your message.

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Screen shot from Mario Kart game showing 2 characters racing
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Normal museum admission applies

Visit the Centre for Computing History and test your mettle on Mario Kart 8 on the WiiU.

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Image of painted rose
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Free

Join us for our free Family First Saturday at the Museum (14.00 until 16.00). This month activities are based on the theme of flowers. To ensure the safety of our visitors, number restrictions will apply and you will need to book a ticket for all family members in advance.

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Poster image advertising event
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Workshop participant - £15; Accompanying Adult - £9 (required for under 14s)

Join this Scratch workshop to recreate Atari's 1980 arcade game Missile Command.

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Children dancing round a traditional maypole
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Normal museum admission applies

Visit the museum for a day of music, dancing and games. 

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Wooden fume cupboard with glass panel
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Find out more about the amazing women behind some of the objects in the Whipple Museum's collection! Follow the museum trail at any time when the museum is open or come on a Monday afternoon to take part in practical activities based on a different woman each week. Booking essential.

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two children child with dinosaur mask and two pairs of childrens feet with card dinosaur feet
Free

Craft at home and wear to the museum!

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Printing press from the museum's collection
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
£3 per child, accompanying adult free

Find out about, and have a go at different types of printing. Create a masterpiece to take home with you.

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Printing press from the museum's collection
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
£3 per child, accompanying adult free

Find out about, and have a go at different types of printing. Create a masterpiece to take home with you.

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