Two million years of human history, one million artefacts and countless amazing stories. Discover the earliest African stone tools, recent Cambridge archaeological finds, and tattoo instruments collected during Captain Cook’s voyages to the Pacific. 

Collection Highlights

- The skeleton of a Roman woman, who inspired Sylvia Plath’s poem, ‘All the Dead Dears’.
- A 14 m tall totem pole from the Queen Charlotte Islands in Canada.
- Samurai armour from Japan complete with a moustache made of boar’s bristles. 
- The Trumpington Cross: an early Christian brooch found in the Anglo-Saxon burial of a teenage girl only 3 miles from the museum.
- Freeze-dried potatoes from Peru that are at least 500 years old.

Free entry

Contact Us

Website: www.maa.cam.ac.uk
Call: 01223 333516
Email: admin@maa.cam.ac.uk

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Group Visits

Very welcome. Please book at least a week in advance. Email: education-bookings@maa.cam.ac.uk.  

Family Visits

Visiting with a buggy
There is limited space for buggy parking at the museum. You may take your buggy around the museum with you. 

Activities
The Museum has a variety of activities available for children and families. 
Take a chance on the ‘Lucky Dip’ (located at the front desk), get a mystery clue and search for intriguing objects throughout the museum. Trails and colouring sheets are available at the front desk and in the upper galleries. 

Visiting with an Autistic child
The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) actively encourages all visitors to the Museum, including people on the autistic spectrum. We have prepared the following information to help you plan for your visit. We hope that it will help to make your time with us enjoyable and we look forward to seeing you.

We have prepared a Visual Story which is available for you to download or print off to create a Social Story for your child. This is a visual guide which will help your child to know what to expect and ease the anxiety which often accompanies a visit to somewhere new and unfamiliar. The Visual Story has been designed for you, the parent/carer, to decide which pages would be most beneficial for your individual circumstances. You can download the Visual Story here.

Find out more information here.


Research Enquiries and Image Permissions

To request a research visit, please email research.visits@maa.cam.ac.uk. More information for visiting researchers and research enquiries is available on the Museum’s website.
For image permissions, please email images@maa.cam.ac.uk.