Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

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    Mooching about in the museum

    by grayfo Updated Apr 7, 2014

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    The Fitzwilliam Museum is Cambridge University’s free public museum and specialises in art and antiquities, the museum and was founded in 1816 with the bequest of the library and art collection of the 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam. The museum is housed in a sprawling complex that includes the original, 19th century founders building as well as several 20th century additions.

    The museum has five departments: Antiquities; Applied Arts; Coins and Medals; Manuscripts and Printed Books; and Paintings, Drawings and Prints.

    email fitzmuseum-enquiries@lists.cam.ac.uk

    January 2007

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    Discovering new artists

    by songlines Updated Feb 5, 2014

    The Fitzwilliam museum contains a wealth of interesting collections, something for most people. We visited the Botanical paintings collection where I found some works by Georg Dionysius Ehret who was German and one of the most influential European botanical artists ever to appear. He lived between 1708 – 1770. I really like his drawings and paintings as they appear botanically very precise and lovely to look at.
    The other artist of which there was a lovely exhibition was John Craxton, an English artist who ended up living and painting on one of the Greek islands. I fell in love with his work and am very glad that we saw so many of his painting that afternoon in the Fitzwilliam museum. If you are interested check these reviews:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-reviews/10547295/John-Craxton-Fitzwilliam-Museum-review.html

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    by Airpunk Written Jul 10, 2012

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    The Fitzwilliam is Cambridge's main art and antiquities museum with an exhibition ranging from Babylonian sculptures to Dutch 17th century painting. Even the neoclassic building from 1816 is a piece of art itself. The main entrance is richly decorated and shows British neoclassicism at its best. Paintings are mainly located on the upper floor, where you will find a large collection of artworks by J.M.W. Turner - next to the usual suspects like Picasso, Renoir, Rembrandt etc. The lower floor has mostly antique arts from the cultures of the antique, mainly Egypt, Greece, Rome and the Far East.
    If this is your kind of thing, you can easily spend three hours in the museum. Admission is free (as of 2011), taking pictures is unfortunately not permitted. The museum café itself can be visited separately from the museum and has excellent cakes for average Cambridge prices.

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    If only I could stay a few weeks...

    by christine.j Updated Aug 31, 2009

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    The Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the museums where I could easily spend some weeks and still think I haven't seen everyhing. It has a huge collection of just about anything, from antique pieces of pottery to modern paintings.
    I came across a painter I hadn't known before ( which probably shows that I don't know very much about art ), but whose painting I liked very much: Jesse Dale Cast. I looked him up later and found out he's quite famous. For me, that's one of the joys of visiting museums, it's like meeting new people. There's always something more to learn and to see.

    The museum is free, but a donation is asked.

    They have something very nice for children, cards showing items of all the museums in Cambridge and which can be collected and exchanged. They also hand them out to adults, so I got a few of them and already know which museum I will visit next time:
    The Polar Museum, which is closed until next spring.

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    Small but full of suprisses

    by MacedonianUK Updated Apr 11, 2009

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    Visiting FitzWilliam Museum is MUST when you come to Caambridge.
    As museums go, I personaly think that FitzWilliam is as good as British museum in London.
    In some ways eaven better. Their collection is so deverse and have sooo much potential.
    lots of Mummies, Turners & good selection of Picasos.
    Worth good few hours of your time to explore.

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    No good for the Philistines....

    by sourbugger Written Feb 27, 2007

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    The Fitzwilliam museum sits as a greek-looking classical pile on Trumpington Street, Cambridge.

    We are talking high art here - paintings, sculpture, ceramics and the like. The great names will adorn the walls and floors. You won't find publicity-seeking 'Blockbuster' art exhibitions here.

    The curators seem to spend most of their time trying to tame hoardes of French schoolchildren attempting to run riot through the place. They should be more wary of old age pensioners who fall over their own shoelaces and smash Quing Dynasty vases into a thousand and one pieces - as happened in January 2006. I believe they are still glueing bits back together again.

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    Visit the Fitzwilliam; a miniature British Museum

    by Confucius Updated Jun 4, 2006

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    The Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge is a must see
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    The Fitzwilliam Museum just completely renovated the Egyptian collections in May 2006 and added new displays.

    Additional highlights of the museum include relics from Rome, Greece, Cyprus, Japan, Korea, and China. There is also an exhibit of armor and weapons from old England (see photo #2). Upstairs you will find galleries of paintings from British, French, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch masters.

    The entrance hall of the museum is itself an attraction. (See photo #5) The Victorian interior has mosaic floors, marble columns, descending staircases, a sculpture gallery, and a pair of ostriches decorating the Corinthian portico.

    Don't miss section 23, where you will find a significant frieze from Gandhara in northern Pakistan. After Alexander the Great passed through this region, many sculptors were influenced by Greek classical styles and began blending those with local Eastern traditions of both style and subject. What you'll see in this exhibit is a fascinating frieze of the Greek god Hercules standing next to Buddha.

    The relics from Crete are of special interest to those who study the Minoan civilization. You will see a clay tablet with Linear B script from the 14th century BC. It was donated to the Fitzwilliam Museum by Sir Arthur Evans, who is credited with much of the archeological work at the Palace of Knossos. Also from Knossos is an archaic coin from 500 BC showing the legendary Minotaur running left with its head facing those who peer at it through the glass display. I also was amazed by the copper tweezers found in Crete which date back to 1550 BC, as it appears they could still be used today!

    Chinese relics include Ming dynasty ceramics from Jingdezhen, Han dynasty tomb tiles from Jin Cun village near Luoyang, and a Tang dynasty tomb figure of a warrior stepping on a bull (see photo #3).

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    The finest small museum in Europe

    by unexplored Updated Apr 13, 2006

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    This massive neoclassical edifice with its vast portico takes its name from the seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam, who bequeathed his fabulous art treasures to his old university in 1816. The building in which they are stored was begun by George Basevi in 1837, but he did not live to see its completion in 1848. While working on Ely Cathedral he stepped back to admire his handiwork, slipped and fell to his death.

    Displayed in twenty seven galleries, highlights include antiquities from the Ancient Near East, Greece, Rome and Cyprus, English and European pottery and glass, sculpture, furniture, armour, illuminated manuscripts, oriental art, Korean ceramics, coins and medals, masterpieces of painting and drawing by Domenico Veneziano, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck, outstanding works by great British artists including Gainsborough, Reynolds, Stubbs and Constable and a fine collection of twentieth century art.

    In addition to the riches of the permanent collections, there is a wide-ranging programme of temporary exhibitions, events, courses and activities for all ages on offer.

    Open from Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 17:00 and Sunday 12:00 - 17:00.
    Closed Mondays(except Bank Holidays between 12:00 - 17:00)Admission is free.

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    Fitzwilliam Museum

    by andrewyong Written Apr 2, 2006

    It's free! That's what I like (me an old miser that I am). It's brochure seem to suggest that it has a great collection including an Egyptian exhibit. I didn't see the exhibits for want of time though the reception hall looks quite impressive. So is its porch.

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    The Fitzwilliam Museum

    by vichatherly Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    A wide variety of exhibits are set out here, ranging from French artists to small artefacts from long forgotten peoples who lived in the area around Greece.

    It’s fun place to spend a few hours here, if you need to get away from it all.

    This museum is free to enter although they do suggest that adults pay a discretionary charge.

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    Fitzwilliam Museum - Overview

    by aliante1981 Written Feb 2, 2005

    The collections of the museum include:

    -Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquities;
    -The Henderson collection of armour;
    Medieval and Renaissance objects - enamels, ivories, as well as scientific instruments;
    - English, French,Italian, Dutch and Flemish Paintings;
    -Musical Manuscripts and Literary Autographs Collection

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    A museum worth seeing

    by jrs1234 Updated Jun 4, 2004

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    If you like museums or art galleries, be sure to visit the Fitzwilliam Museum. It's not a vast place (despite the imposing entrance), but it has some nice things, including some great paintings and also an interesting Egyptian collection. The museum has been undergoing major renovation, but has been open again since June the 1st.

    It's free to enter, but it is closed every Monday, except for Bank Holidays.

    It's also worth noting that there are lots of smaller museums in Cambridge too, many run by Cambridge University - there is a list on the
    Cambridge University website.

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    The Fitzwilliam Museum

    by Imbi Written Nov 6, 2003

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    The Fitzwilliam Museum - Trumpington Street is one of the most important museums in Britain.
    This museum has extensive Egyptian, Greek, and Roman collections. It has medieval works, drawings, sculptures, paintings, coins, ceramics, glass, and armour.

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