Museum Shop Sunday November 25 12-4pm

Join us on 25 November for Museum Shop Sunday

Plague Late

Wednesday 24 October, 7-10pm
Special evening opening, with researchers, cocktails and corpse medicine

Untold Histories Museum Tours (fully booked)

Friday 26 October 3pm – 4pm
Saturday 27 October and Sunday 28 October 12noon – 1pm

Read a cuneiform inscription

Tuesday 23 October
Wednesday 24 October
11am – 4pm Drop in, suitable for all ages.

Build a Day of the Dead Altar

Friday 26 October, Saturday 27 October 11am – 4pm
Sunday 28 October 12noon – 4pm
Drop in, suitable for all ages

Under the (plastic) sea

Tuesday 23 October
Wednesday 24 October
Thursday 25 October

11am – 4pm Drop in, suitable for all ages.

Monday 20 August ‘relaxed opening’ 10am-12pm (ticketed event)

Join us for a relaxed morning aimed at children with sensory sensitivities along with their families, siblings & carers on Monday 20 August between 10am – 12pm. We will be opening our museum at this time when we are normally

Summer Drop In: Pacific Weaving

Wednesday 1st of August

10:30am – 12:30pm 

Be inspired by MAA’s collection of woven objects from the Pacific and weave your own fish or bag to take home.

Summer Drop In: Arty Antlers

Tuesday 31st of July, 10:30am – 12:30pm 
Tuesday 21st of August, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Discover the mysterious antler headdresses of prehistoric Star Carr in Yorkshire and make your own headdress to take away.

Summer Drop In: All at Sea

Thursday 30th of August

1pm – 4pm

Learn how people from across the world have navigated the oceans with help from the Whipple Museum.

Tour for blind and partially sighted adults: Exploring the Pacific

Wednesday 25th of July

2pm – 3:30pm


A chance to discover the new Pacific displays at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology through audio description and object handling.

Engaging 21st Century Researchers

Monday 2nd July 2018, 12:30 – 6:00pm

A workshop exploring museum engagements with academic and community researchers, related to Engaging Collections Online, a project funded by the Designated Development Fund, Arts Council England.


Until 17 June 2018


Available from the Front Desk

Exploradores en el Museo

Exploradores en el Museo:
Be a Spanish Explorer in the Museum

Saturday 14th April


SWICH Conference 2018

11 July – 13 July 2018

This conference builds on the five-year Creative Europe project, Sharing a World of Inclusion, Creativity and Heritage. SWICH has connected museums of ethnography and world cultures across ten countries.

Speakers include Arapata Hakiwai (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa) and Sharon MacDonald (Humboldt University, Berlin).

Climate Hack Showcase

Sunday 21st of January

2pm – 4pm

For one day only – see exciting new prototypes across four museums!

Twilight at the Museums

Tuesday 13th of February

4:30pm – 7:30pm

A-MAA-zing Technicolour Objects

The Edge of India: Untold Stories, After Hours

Friday 1st December 2017, 7:00pm – 9:30pm Prepare to be challenged. Inspired by our exhibition Another India: Explorations and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology explores stories of struggles and resistance from South Asia’s Adivasi (Indigenous) communities.

Being and Change

Saturday 21st October 10:30am – 16:30pm

Drop in event for families.

Things to do and things to think about that get the whole family talking.

Moot Point : Being and Change

Saturday 21st October, 9:30-17:00
Corpus Christi College, Trumpington Street, CB2 1RH

A unique art event with artists, scientists, and anthropologists will exploring the question of climate change but from a different angle

Another India: Drop-In

Tuesday 24th October 2017 11:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday 25th October 2017 11:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday 26th October 2017 11:00am – 4:00pm
Friday 27th October 11:00am – 4:00pm

Drop-in crafts and activities based on our special exhibition Another India.

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

Summer Drop In: Indian Animals

Summer at the Museums drop in event
Wednesday 9th August, 10.30 am – 12.00 pm
Wednesday 16th August, 10.30 am – 12.00 pm

Summer Drop In: Stories on Indian Scrolls

Summer at the Museums drop in event
Wednesday 23rd August 10.30 am – 12.00 pm

VON HÜGEL LECTURE 2018 – 13 June 2018

Professor John Mack Narrating and Curating the ‘Ritual Object’ The lecture has been rescheduled for Wednesday 13 June 2018 at 5.30pm and will take place at the McCrum Lecture Theatre at Corpus Christi College followed by a reception at the Museum.

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


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


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.

From Here to There Workshop

Saturday 31 October 10.30 am – 4.30 pm
Creative workshop exploring the stories and journeys of objects

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