Museums and Art Galleries: City Centre (South)
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Downing Street, Cambridge. CB2 3DZ • (01223) 333516
The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge has one of the most important collections of its kind in the UK. Originally founded in 1884, it has been in its present location on Downing Street since 1913.
MAA’s collections span nearly two million years of human history, on all six inhabited continents. Their oldest object is a 1.8 million year old stone tool from Olduvai Gorge, whist the newest are made by contemporary artists. The anthropology and photographic collections are enhanced by collaboration with indigenous communities.
MAA holds extremely strong collections from the Pacific, including one of the largest collections of objects from the voyages of Captain James Cook, and the most important collection of Fijian material outside Fiji itself. It also has an extremely strong collection of Anglo Saxon material from Britain, and its collections of world prehistory, particularly from the Palaeolithic era (2,000,000 to 100,000 years ago), are uniquely comprehensive.
No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.
Open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday, 12noon-5pm Sunday, Closed Monday (please check the website for any late changes). Free admission.
Advance booking is not required.
Located to the south of the city centre on Downing Street.
Cambridge railway station: 20 minutes walk.
Parking available nearby - payment required.
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge. CB2 3DZ • (01223) 333516
Last Updated Thursday 28 April 2022
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