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Highlights of our events programme for all ages for the February half term week

Come and visit us over half term. In addition to our permanent collections, temporary exhibitions and displays we have the following events and activities running between Saturday 13 and Sunday 21 February. Don’t forget that our shop and café will also be open during opening hours, including the late night opening for Twilight.

e-Luminate Cambridge Festival

The Cambridge festival of light returns for a fourth year. The installation at the Fitzwilliam will be designed by artist Gabby Shawcross working with Lumenpulse Lighting. The display can be viewed from the pavement from 17.30 after the Museum shuts, and will be accessible after hours on 17 February for Twilight at the Museums.

Fri 12 February 2016 to Wed 17 February 2016 Free

Guided Tour

Join a one hour guided tour of the Museum on Saturday 13 or 20 February or book a tour in advance for any visit for a group. Saturday tours

Every Saturday there is a drop-in one-hour introductory tour of the Museum with a Cambridge Badge Guide at 14.30. Meet at the Courtyard Entrance at least 10 minutes in advance to join the tour. Your place on this tour can also be booked in advance through the Cambridge Visitor Information Centre, tel. 01223 791501, email:

£6 per person.

Group tours

Guided tours for private groups can be booked in advance of your visit. Contact Cambridge Visitor Information Centre, tel. 01223 791501, email:

SOURCE - GCSE and A’ Level art exam help for young people

Drop in for one-to-one advice, artist led workshops, gallery research opportunities and studio space to help students preparing for art exams.

These sessions run on Saturdays 13, 20, 27 February and half term: Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 February | 10:00 to 16:00 Studio (36) Free

SOURCE in the University of Cambridge Museums

Drawing and art themed research in our partner museums in Cambridge with guest artists and museum experts.

To find out more tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Tue 16 February 2016 to Thu 18 February 2016 University of Cambridge Museums Free

Looking for LGBT history at the Fitzwilliam Museum - Lunchtime Talk

Dr Kate Nichols, University of Birmingham Fellow in British Art.

Admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance from 12.45 on the day of the talk. Induction loop available.

Wed 17 February 2016 | 13:15 to 14:00 Seminar Room (35) Free

Twilight at the Museums - late night opening for Families

The Fitzwilliam Museum will be teaming up with Kettle’s Yard for this year’s Twilight at the Museums. Families are invited to experience the Museum at night - enjoy workshops and storytelling throughout the evening, and look out for the e-Luminate installation on the Museum façade.

Wed 17 February 2016 | 16:30 to 20:30 Free - Drop-in

There are also a variety of free resources 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. Whilst 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 on the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Pictures and one on Nursery Rhymes based on our ceramics collection. A selection of drawing materials are available to borrow at any time too.

We hope you enjoy visiting the Museum.

12 February 2016

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