Museum history

Town and gown Many collections existed in Cambridge before the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology was formally established in 1884. These were owned by both the city and the colleges. The local Cambridge Antiquarian Society began gathering material in 1839,

Donors – financial Volunteer

Volunteers are vital to the museum and there are many different ways in which you can help. Front of House Volunteer The museum’s front of house volunteers provide a warm and friendly welcome to our visitors and support other members of

Sponsorship Donors – Objects MAA friends

The Friends organisation makes an important contribution to  assisting MAA to be a thriving and successful museum. A major contribution is through support in fundraising, and one focus for this is the annual Von Hügel lecture, sponsored by the MAA

Support Us

The Museum relies on the generous support of our many friends, donors and volunteers, without whom we could not continue to offer visitors to the Museum the same outstanding experience or continue to care for and expand our world-class collections


The Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology will have extended shopping hours on Wednesday 5 December, 12 December, and 19 December. The galleries will be closed but our shop will be open from 4:30-8 PM, so it’s a perfect time to

Research and Teaching

MAA plays an active role in both research and the teaching of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Cambridge, particularly in relation to the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology. MAA regularly hosts undergraduate practicals in archaeology, as well

Photo Collection Textile Collection Governance

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is an sub-department of the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. This forms part of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The museum reports to a Museum Committee drawn

Cookie Policy Venue hire

The Museum, as home to two million years years of human history, one million objects, and countless astonishing stories, can provide a unique and memorable backdrop to events of all kinds. We can accommodate events involving up to 350 guests


To gain access to the Catalogue page, please request a guest log in from the Collections Managers. The old page is available


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Current Events Exhibitions Group visits

The Museum welcomes visiting groups of all kinds, whether from schools, universities and other educational institutions or clubs, societies and special interest groups. To ensure your visit is as successful as possible, we do ask that you book in advance.

Research Visits

Research access to MAA’s collections is available for visits by advance appointment only, Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm, and at the discretion of museum staff.  As a research institution, MAA is committed to providing researcher

Contact Us

  For enquiries relating to visiting the museum, MAA can be contacted by telephone during our opening hours of 10:30am to 4:30pm, Tuesday to Saturday and 12.00 to 4.30pm on Sundays. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Downing Street, Cambridge CB2

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