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Museums and collections


With over 5 million works of art, artefacts and specimens in one square mile of the city, the University of Cambridge Museums are home to some of the most extraordinary and significant collections in the world. Take a wander through each of these unique locations and discover some of the surprising hidden stories behind the objects.

Written by staff and volunteers across the museums, My Museum Favourite, offers illuminating and personal insights into some remarkable objects. From a globe which envisaged life on Mars, to the extraordinary delicacy of a 15th century French manuscript, My Museum Favourite highlights unique aspects of some exceptional collections. Think of it as your private tour guide for the day!

The Argillite Pipe
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 
Anne Jarzabek, Volunteer Gallery Attendant

Australiceras gigas
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences 
Franziska Norman, Gallery Volunteer

Baby Boy with an Egyptian Goose
Museum of Classical Archaeology 
Jennie Thornber, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Hendrik Goudt, The Flight into Egypt, 1613
The Fitzwilliam Museum 
Elenor Ling, Paintings, Drawings and Prints

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Maria Carmi as the Madonna, 1912
Kettle’s Yard 
Andrew Smith, Visitor Assistant

Ingeborg Brun’s Globe
Whipple Museum of the History of Science 
Josh Nall, Assistant Curator

Kathleen Scott, Youth, 1920
The Polar Museum 
Naomi Chapman, Education and Outreach Officer

Osmunda regalis
Cambridge University Botanic Garden - please note there is an entry charge for this venue
Helen Seal, Alpine and Woodland Supervisor

Prayer preceding the Mass (Marlay Fr. 6) and Prime (Marlay Fr. 4)
The Fitzwilliam Museum 
Sibel Ergener, Icon Intern for Conservation of Illuminated Manuscript Fragments

Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 – 92), Lord Rockingham and Edmund Burke, c. 1766
The Fitzwilliam Museum 
David Evans, Exhibitions Technician

The Tasmanian Proclamation Board 1829 – 30
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 
John Jarzabek, Volunteer Gallery Attendant

The Whale Bone Plaque
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 
Lynsey Coombs, Head Attendant

To create your own tour and to find out the locations of these Museum Favourites, download a guide.