India Unboxed Family Festival

Saturday 29th of July
10:30am – 4pm

Join the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology for a day-long family festival both inside and outside the Museum this summer.

Summer Drop In: Indian Accessories

Summer at the Museums drop in event
Wednesday 2nd August, 10.30 am – 12.00 pm

VON HÜGEL LECTURE 2017

Professor Kavita Singh Museums, Heritage, Culture: Into the Conflict Zone Tuesday 28 March, 5:30 pm Mill Lane Lecture Theatre 3 Museums can be seen as material manifestations of one culture’s interest in another. As such, museums are often described as places

Weaving Workshop with Kaetaeta Watson, Lizzy Leckie and Chris Charteris

15 April 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm

A weaving workshop which will allow participants to explore Pasifika weaving techniques and make a small container to take home.

Weaving Armour with Kaetaeta Watson, Lizzy Leckie and Chris Charteris

15 April 2017
11:00am to 1:00pm

A weaving workshop to explore weaving techniques used in the production of coconut fibre armour from Kiribati.

Twilight at the Museums: MAA Versus Wild

15 February
4.30pm to 7.30pm

Against the odds, humans have survived and even thrived. MAA will show you how. See ancient weapons, clever tools, and canoes that have travelled miles. Pick the objects that you would use to survive in our special torchlight trail.

Exhibition Closing Event: Hide and Seek

Saturday 28th January
14.00pm to 7.00pm

Join us to mark the closing of the exhibition, Hide and Seek: Looking for Children in the Past, with a selection of events.

Roundtable Discussion – South Africa: The Art of a Nation

27 October: 5:30pm
Mill Lane Lecture Theatre 1

A roundtable discussion between seven curators and academics, visiting from South Africa, to mark the opening of the British Museum’s autumn exhibition South Africa: the art of a nation.

Esagil: Treasure Hunt in Babylon

Tuesday 25 October: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday 26 October: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday 27 October: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Friday 28 October: 11:00am to 4:00pm

Discover ancient Babylon with this board game. Seek a treasure for the great god Marduk in the maze of the city. Every encounter may change your fate… Will the odds be in your favour?

Missionaries and Moving Objects: Collecting on the Congo River

Wednesday 19 October
1:00pm to 2:00pm

A gallery talk by curator Dr Chris Wingfield about the temporary exhibition Carriers of Culture: Women, Food and Power from the Congo Basin

MAA’s Childhood Challenge

Tuesday 25 October 11:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday 26 October: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday 27 October: 11:00am to 4:00pm

The objects in the Museum’s Hide and Seek exhibition show that growing up can be hard work. Drop in and try out our activities. Can you complete the Museum’s Childhood Challenge?

Build a Day of the Dead Altar

Friday 28 October 11:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday 29 October 11:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday 30 October 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Join with Cambridge Mexican Society and MAA to help decorate our Day of the Dead altar in the Museum. Every 2nd of November, Mexicans decorate and prepare colourful home altars to honour deceased relatives for the Day of the Dead. Drop in and join in the crafts and trails or just see the altar as it grows over the weekend.

Cam Lates-Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead)

Friday 28 October
7.00pm to 9.00pm

Embark on an evening’s exploration of our shared mortality at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Inspired by the 3,000 year Mexican tradition, Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) discover how other cultures have dealt with death over the centuries, and consider how contemporary culture views it with a range of activities…and a free cocktail.

Beat the Bronze Age: The Microgold Challenge

Saturday 23rd July 2016
11.00 am – 4.00pm

Come along and take
the Micro-Gold Challenge.
Free Drop in Event
All ages welcome

Ready, Steady… Play !

Tuesday 26th July 2016
11.00 am – 1.00pm
Tuesday 2nd August
2.00 pm – 4.00pm
Tuesday 9th August
11.00 am – 1.00pm
Tuesday 16th August
2.00pm – 4.00pm

Bring the kids to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology for some fun this summer!
Play some great games from the past.
Free Drop in Event
Age 5+ years

Mini-Me

Tuesday 23rd August 2016
11.00am – 1.00pm
& 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Make a mini version of yourself inspired by objects in the museum.
Free Drop in Event
Ages 3-6 years

The Scent of Sacrifice

8th June 2016, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Whole Museum

Join us at the museum for a sensory experience in our galleries after-hours. Hear about the aromatic rituals of ancient Maya and Aztec sacrifice with perfumier Odette Toilette.

Children’s Games

31st May – 3rd June, 11.00am – 4.00pm
Hide and Seek Exhibition

Ever wondered what children did for fun before computers and TVs? Try some of our games-ancient and new.

Bushnell Memorial Lecture 2016

Terence D'Altro on Macchu Picchu

Friday 29 April 2016, 5.30pm
Mill Lane Lecture Theatre 3

How did the Inka think?
Terence N. D’Altroy, Loubat Professor of American Archaeology, Columbia University

The Von Hugel Lecture 2016

Professor Jane Lydon
Waking up the Archives: Returning Australian Aboriginal Photographs

Thursday 25 February 2016, 5.30pm
Mill Lane Lecture Theatre 1

Handy

Wednesday 17 February, Thursday 18 February, Friday 19 February 11am – 4pm Stories, challenges, big music, and a chance to find out whether big hands or little hands are more useful. This brand new piece, commissioned by MAA, is a

Ethiopia through the senses workshop

Sunday 18 October 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

Explore the diversity of Ethiopia through the textures, sights, sounds and smells of the country.

Inuit and Tiwi printmakers in conversation

Thursday 22 October 5.30 – 8.30 pm
Film screening and discussion with Inuit and Tiwi artists

Day of the Dead 2015

Friday 30 October 11 am – 4 pm
Saturday 31 October 11 am – 4 pm
Sunday 1 November 12 noon – 4 pm

Celebrate with the Cambridge Mexican Society and help us build a Day of the Dead altar in the Museum.

Knowing West Papua: the art and politics of West Papua, (Indonesia) New Guinea

Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
MAA is hosting an event to celebrate the art and cultures of West Papua. The event includes performances by Papuan musicians, the last chance to experience the exhibition, ‘Sounding Out the Morning Star: Music and West Papua’ and talks by artists, musicians and University of Cambridge researchers about West Papua. The day will also include the UK premier of ‘Knowing’ (48mins), a video project by artist, Alana Jelinek.

Dry Point Workshop with Curwen Print Study Centre

Sunday 6 December 2 – 4 pm £20/£15 concessions. Age 12+ 8 places available, material supplied, booking required – please register here. An immediate and sensitive intaglio process giving you the ability to create intricate and detailed images with a rich

Introduction to Lino with Curwen Print Study Centre

Sunday 1 November 2 – 4 pm £20/£15 concessions. Age 12+ 8 places available, material supplied, booking required – please register here. Cut into the block and print from the surface to develop relief printmaking skills, creating bold and colourful prints

Drypoint Printmaking Workshop with Curwen Print Study Centre

 Sunday 20 September, 2 – 4 pm £20/£15 concessions. Age 12+ 8 places available, material supplied, booking required – please register here. An immediate and sensitive intaglio process giving you the ability to create intricate and detailed images with a rich

Heat-press Printmaking Demonstration with Rory McCartney

Sunday 23 Aug, 2 – 3 pm Admission free, no booking required. Rory McCartney, artist and printmaker, will lead this Heat-Press Printmaking demonstration.

Cambridge Rivers Project Summer Programmes

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is proud to be co-hosting a series of international summer schools with the Cambridge Rivers Project in August 2015. The Cambridge Rivers Project, established in 1983 within the Department of Social Anthropology and Kings

Linocut Printmaking Demonstration with Lynne E. Windsor and Lizzie Smith

Linocut Printmaking Demonstration with Lynne E. Windsor and Lizzie Smith Sunday 28 June, 2 – 3 pm Admission free, no booking required.  Lynne E. Windsor and Lizzie Smith, recent graduates from the MA Printmaking course at Cambridge School of Art,

Drypoint Printmaking Demonstration with Lynne E. Windsor and Lizzie Smith

Drypoint Printmaking Demonstration with Lynne E. Windsor and Lizzie Smith Sunday 31 May, 2 – 3 pm Admission free, no booking required. Lynne E. Windsor and Lizzie Smith, recent graduates from the MA Printmaking course at Cambridge School of Art,

Monoprint Demonstration with Diana Taylor

Monoprint Demonstration with Diana Taylor Sunday 26 July, 2 – 3 pm Admission free, no booking required. Diana Taylor, artist and printmaker, will lead this Monoprint demonstration.

‘Impress’ Relief Printmaking Workshop with Atta Kwami

‘Impress’ Relief Printmaking Workshop with Atta Kwami and Pamela Clarkson Sunday 5 July, 2 – 4 pm £20/£15 concessions. Ages 12+ 8 places available, booking required. Please register here. Materials will be supplied,  but please feel free to bring any thick

Museums at Night: The Power of Paper

Drop-in events and activities inspired by our special exhibition The Power of Paper.

Hour-long printmaking demonstrations at 5, 6.30 and 8.

Cash bar.

Reduction Monoprint Workshop using Paper Stencils and Wipe Away Marks, with Lynne E. Windsor and Lizzie Smith

Reduction Monoprint Workshop using Paper Stencils and Wipe Away Marks, with Lynne E. Windsor and Lizzie Smith Sunday 7 June, 2 – 4 pm £20/£15 concessions. Age 12+ 8 places available, material supplied. Booking required – please follow this link.  You

Relief Printmaking Workshop with Lynne E. Windsor and Lizzie Smith

Sunday 3 May, 2 – 4pm £20/£15 concessions. Age 12+ 8 places available, material supplied. Booking required – please follow this link.  You will be introduced to Relief printmaking, using easy cut lino with paper stencils and tools to create

Power of Paper Printmaking Workshops

  Drypoint Printmaking Workshop with Curwen Print Study Centre Sunday 20 September, 2 – 4 pm £20/£15 concessions. Age 12+ 8 places available, material supplied, booking required – please register here. An immediate and sensitive intaglio process giving you the ability

Twilight at the Museums 2015

Wednesday 18 February, 4.30pm – 8.30pm As darkness falls, Museums and collections across Cambridge are opening their doors into the night for an exciting evening of FREE exploration and adventure. So wrap up warm and set out to discover the

The Von Hügel Lecture 2015

Thursday 12 March 2015, 5.00pm
Mill Lane Lecture Theatre 1

Professor Chris Gosden: Art, Animism and Power

Curious Collections: University of Cambridge Museums family day

Wednesday 29 October 12.00pm – 4.00pm The Fitzwilliam Museum’s Family programme will be taken over by seven Cambridgeshire museums. Join them in creating and organising your own collection by trying various activities spread throughout the Museum. As part of Curating Cambridge the

The Campsite at Curating Cambridge

Saturday 25 October 10.30pm – 4.30pm and Sunday 26 October 11.00pm – 4.00pm A two-day weekend extravaganza where museums step out of their normal homes and into a pop-up venue with a difference… Join us for fun, discovery and surprises. It’s

The incredible life of Tibetan Books

Hands-on activities inspired by ‘Buddha’s Word: The life of Books in Tibet and Beyond’. Discover the magical power of written words and their journey to Cambridge through hands-on activities inspired by our exhibition ‘Buddha’s Word: The life of Books in

Curating Cambridge Anthropology

Wednesday 5 November 1.00pm – 1.30pm Talk by Anita Herle, Senior Curator for Anthropology at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Collections made during field research were foundational to the development of the Museum and the discipline of anthropology. This

Build a Day of the Dead altar

Celebrate with the Cambridge Mexican Society and help us build a Day of the Dead altar in the Museum. Take part in The Day of the Dead Celebrations by helping the museum and Mexican Society build an altar. As the

Creative basketry through the ages: talk

Wednesday 12 November 6.30pm – 7.30pm Discover the craft and history of creative basketry. Discover the craft and history of creative basketry in a talk by well known basketry and weaving expert Mary Butcher. The talk will be followed by

Buddha’s Word: Creative Workshops

Respond creatively in words and sounds to the ‘Buddha’s Word’ exhibition through a series of workshops.  UNFORTUNATELY THESE WORKSHOPS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED A series of ninety minute workshops giving you the opportunity and encouragement to respond creatively in words and

Unearthing Cambridge: Lunchtime Talks

Rediscover your city through this series of talks based on the displays at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Rediscover your city through this series of talks based on the displays in our Cambridge Archaeology Gallery. Each talk will unearth

Buddha’s Word Gallery Talks

Come along for a series of talks from the Cambridge-based academics, researchers and curators of the first exhibition of Tibetan material in Cambridge and discover the power of the written word. Come along for a series of talks that reveal

Open Cambridge

Adam and Eve are sent out of the garden by Jan Tcega

The museum is pleased to be taking part in Open Cambridge 2014 where for one special weekend in September, Cambridge unlocks its secrets and welcomes you through the doors of some of its most beautiful and intriguing places. The following events