Museums And Galleries of Cambridge

May 22, 2023

Cambridge has a rich cultural and architectural heritage. The city centre is characterized by beautiful historic buildings, picturesque streets, and tranquil green spaces. Cambridge has a thriving art scene, that reflects its rich cultural heritage and intellectual environment.

There are more than thirty museums and art galleries that showcase a diverse range of art in Cambridgeshire. Cambridge University Museums and Art Galleries are free of charge to its visitors and just a short walk away from The Fellows House.

On the same day, you could discover the animal kingdom in The Museum of Zoology, admire the antiquities in The Fitzwilliam Museum or visit the North and South Poles at The Polar Museum. During your next visit to Cambridge, we would recommend visiting some of the notable museums: 


The Fitzwilliam Museum is the principal art and antiquities museum in Cambridge. It houses an extensive collection of art and artifacts from various cultures and time periods, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and antiquities. Find out more about current and forthcoming exhibitions.
You can hire The Fellows House hotel bicycles and enjoy a lovely ride throughout the historical city of Cambridge to The Fitzwilliam Museum which is located on Trumpington Street. 


The Museum of Zoology, situated on Downing Street, just a short walk from The Fellows House, was opened in 2018 by Sir David Attenborough. This fascinating institution is dedicated to the study and display of the animal kingdom. It houses one of the largest and most important zoological collections in the UK, with over two million specimens. One of its most famous exhibits is the skeleton of a finback whale, one of the largest animal skeletons on display in the UK. The museum also holds collections of extinct species, including the dodo and the quagga.
Here at The Fellows House we have been inspired by one of the most prominent Cambridge Fellows, Sir David Attenborough, and created The Attenborough Apartment, which offers a unique combination of home comforts and deluxe, apartment-style accommodation.


Located on Downing Street, The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology explores the diverse cultures and civilizations of the world through its collections of archaeological and ethnographic artifacts. It houses a vast range of items from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as artifacts from indigenous peoples around the globe. Visiting the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge offers a fascinating journey through human history, cultural diversity, and anthropological research. The museum’s collections and exhibitions provide valuable insights into the development and complexities of human societies worldwide.


The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is the Earth Sciences departmental museum of the University of Cambridge. It displays a remarkable collection of fossils, rocks, minerals, and other geological specimens, providing insights into the Earth’s history and the evolution of life, while offering an engaging experience for visitors of all ages.


The Cambridge Museum of Technology is located on the riverside, just a lovely walk from The Fellows House, especially in the summer months. This museum showcases the industrial heritage of Cambridge. It features exhibits related to the city’s industrial past, including displays on steam engines, telecommunications, and computing.


Kettle’s Yard is a renowned art gallery and house located a stone’s throw from The Fellows House. Kettle’s Yard hosts a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions, showcasing modern and contemporary art and exploring various themes. The gallery also hosts talks, performances, workshops, and concerts, creating a vibrant cultural hub within the Cambridge art scene.
Kettle’s Yard House was originally the home of Jim and Helen Ede. Jim Ede was a curator at the Tate Gallery in London, and together, they created a unique and intimate space for art and community. They lived in the house from 1958 to 1973 and curated a remarkable collection of artworks, objects and sculptures.


These are just a few of the many museums and cultural institutions in Cambridge. Each museum offers a unique perspective and a wealth of knowledge in its respective field. Visitors to Cambridge have the opportunity to explore these museums and deepen their understanding of art, science, history, and culture.