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Fitzwilliam Museum
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Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour
Ranked #6 of 170 things to do in Cambridge
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Museum houses vast collections of antiquities from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, including exhibits of English and European pottery and glass, furniture, clocks, Chinese jades, and ceramics from Japan and Korea.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 22 August 2014

Palladian style exterior and just as stylish inside, especially in the main reception of the building with its dual winding staircase and extravagantly decorated dome. The Fitzwilliam truly lives up to its esteemed reputation with a vast array of exhibits both ancient and relatively modern. You are free to wonder around taking as many photos as you wish. The art collection is both extensive and high quality, especially considering the FREE admission. I spent two hours there due to time restrictions and it simply was nowhere near long enough to truly appreciate the culture and history on offer. Won't hesitate to visit the museum again, hopefully with a lot longer spare time to wander around.

Thank MarkWoods2013
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

This imposing building houses widely diverse exhibits. The important collection from antiquity - Ancient Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, Rome - occupies much of First (Ground) Floor. There is also an impressive and extensive collection of European porcelain, principally from the 18th Century. The Second Floor is devoted to Art through the centuries from Italian Renaissance to modern times, including an important number of the best Pre-Raphaelites. The upper floor currently houses an exhibition of early 1st World War illustrations from the French periodical La Grande Guerre, a most interesting commentary on how the war was presented to the civilian population at that time.

In an age when museum practice is increasingly to move away from display cabinets into more striking and interactive forms of presentation, the Fitzwilliam remains strictly traditional and as such may appeal more to the specialist researcher than the casual visitor.

However the sheer variety of the subjects covered should ensure that there is something of interest to everyone, and we found our visit generally informative and enjoyable, if a little hard on the feet. In the Art Gallery section there are benches in most rooms, but the ground floor is pretty much a hard slog with all visible chairs either reserved for the staff or carrying stern notices forbidding their use. There is however a café where flagging spirits may be revived at west end of the long building. A suggested 3-4 hours should be allowed for a reasonably comprehensive visit without detailed study.

Thank trotter93
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Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. Some really interesting exhibits. Make sure you leave plenty of time to look around.

Thank rose-bengal
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Amazing, Stunning! Intend to return to spend an entire day here. Couldn't find the museum shop but hopefully next time!
Totally free! Making it ideal for families.
A must see!

Thank JSR8
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

The building itself is as fine an example of Victorian neo-classical pomposity as you'll find (I mean that as a compliment!). And inside is a wonderful and varied collection. Entrance is free, so even if museums aren't usually your thing why not give it a try? Perhaps something will catch your eye. There's a wonderful Egyptian collection and superb greek statuary. Ceramics don't usually have much interest for me, but even in that room I was unable to quickly speed through... something unusual or magnificent kept catching my eye.
The paintings had us captured for the longest though... a quite thorough collection from pre-Renaissance the the 20th century. Strong on British painters of course, including many wonderful pre-raphelites such as Millas & Maddox Brown.

Thank LouPotato
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