The Fitzwilliam Museum welcomes all families over February half-term with a week packed full of things to see and do. Once again the Museum will be plunged into darkness, with only objects and artworks illuminated for Twilight at the Museums: De-lightful! on Wednesday 19 February.
Highlights on the night include Bompass & Parr's Pineapple Power Powder Workshop on the front lawn, by our golden Architectonic Pineapple, a chance to explore the galleries using torch-light all evening, and the opportunity to discover answers to clues on the light and dark trail through the Museum, as well as many more educational and enjoyable activities for all the family. Visit the event page for more information.
This half-term we have an array of activities for SOURCE - our specially designed programme for students preparing for their art exams, particularly GCSE, A Level and BTEC. Drop-in between 11.00 and 16.00 (Sat 15, Weds 19–Sat 22 February) to use our Studio space and materials, get advice from professional artists and take informal tours. Several special (free) sessions are also on offer:
* Street art (Sat 15 February • 11.00–16.00) – sign up on the day
And book for your chance to attend any of the following:
* Get to grips with Procreate – the iPad app for designers (Wed 19 February • 14.00–15.00)
* Computer aided design explained (Thu 20 February • 14.00–15.00)
* Figure drawing (Fri 21 February • 14.00 – 15.00)
* Yoga and wellbeing (Sat 22 February • 12.00–14.15)
For younger visitors, free resources are available from both entrances to the Museum at any time. Those with babies (0–2 years) can pick up a play mat containing carefully selected resources that connect with themes and objects in the collection. Little ones (2–6 years) can benefit from our Story Starter satchels containing a picture book and activities to explore the galleries, while those with 5–12-year-olds can complete games and puzzles to journey around the Museum with one of our Fitz Kits, or pick up a gallery trail. Also a selection of drawing materials are available to borrow at any time.
While the focus is on half-term activities, don’t miss our current exhibitions:
* Feast & Fast: The Art of Food in Europe 1500-1800
* Inspire: A celebration of children’s art in response to Jacopo del Sellaio’s Cupid and Psyche
* Rembrandt and the Nude
* Fans Unfolded: Conserving the Lennox-Boyd collection
* Sharpening Perceptions: How to copy a masterpiece
We hope you enjoy visiting the Museum this February half-term. And remember – our shop and café will also be available during opening hours, including the late night opening for Twilight.
Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00–17.00
16–23 February 2020: Cambridge Extinction Rebellion road-block at the roundabout on Trumpington Road intersecting with Fen Causeway. View the organisation’s Facebook page for more information and to view a map of the road-block site. The Museum remains open, but if driving please plan your route accordingly / check bus routes and times before visiting. Visitors accessing the Museum on foot and by bike will be able to pass the road block.