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  • Photographing Tutankhamun

    14 June  – 23 September 2018
    South Lecture Room

    An unique exhibition exploring the pioneering images taken during the 1920s excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb, by British photographer Harry Burton.


    Carved Belts & Fibre Skirts of Papua New Guinea
    Spotlight Gallery

    An exhibition focused on the material culture of the southeast coast of Papua New Guinea.

    Another India

    Explorations and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia
    8 March 2017 to 22 April 2018
    Li Ka Shing Gallery

    A unique exhibition exploring the heritage of India’s minority Adivasi (‘original inhabitants’) or Indigenous communities through the collections of MAA.


    The Longing of Belonging
    13 June – 10 September 2017
    South Lecture Room

    An exhibition of photographs of Zionist Christians in contemporary South Africa, by Sabelo Mlangeni.

    The Island Warrior: Coconut Fibre Armour from Kiribati

    April 4th– September 25th 2017 Spotlight Gallery, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Co-curated by Dr Ali Clark, and Rachel Howie This exhibition focuses on the extraordinary suits of armour made in the small islands of Kiribati, in

    Carriers of Culture: Women, Food and Power from the Congo Basin

    October 2016 – March 2017
    Spotlight Gallery

    Exploring the role of women and food from Kongo in the past and today, MAA’s first exhibition in our rebranded spotlight gallery, is co-curated with the Congo Great Lakes Initiative.


    22 June – 26 September 2016
    South Lecture Room

    This new collaboration between the University of Cambridge Museums and the Australian Print Workshop brings together three of Australia’s most respected contemporary artists Brook Andrew, Tom Nicholson and Caroline Rothwell.

    Hide and Seek: Looking for Children in the Past

    A medieval funerary monument of a lady with her 4 sons and 8 daughters from Aldenham, Hertfordshire. Z 22616.

    30 January 2016 – 29 January 2017
    Li Ka Shing Gallery

    Find glimpses of children lives in East Anglia and across England from 1 million years ago to the 20th century, on display in the Li Ka Shing Gallery until January 2017.

    Tuniit: Arctic Giants & Ivory Miniatures

    January – September 2016
    Micro Gallery

    Exquisite sculptures of miniature human figures, polar bears, caribou, walrus and birds a thousand years old, created by pre-Inuit people living in the region of present day Igloolik in the Canadian territory of Nunavut.

    River Stars Reindeer

    Imaging Evenki & Orochen communities of Inner Mongolia & Siberia

    Exhibition open 23 June – 27 September 2015

    One hundred years ago the Russian ethnographer, Sergei Shirokogoroff and his wife Elizabeth, were invited to the snowforests of the Amur River to study the indigenous Evenki and Orochen peoples. In 1929 Cambridge’s own graduate, Ethel Lindgren and her soon to be husband Oscar Mamen, went in search of these ‘ little-known tribes’ as they were considered to be ‘fast dying out’. Together they amassed a considerable collection of 26,000 culturally and historically important photographs, the majority of which have never been seen, until now.

    Sounding out the Morning Star – Music and West Papua

    Tuesday 10 March – Sunday 22 November
    Micro Gallery

    Focusing on sound and music in West Papua, past and present, this exhibition draw together items collected in the early twentieth century with personal items from The Lani Singers, a West Papuan group in exile in the UK.

    Tartan: Its Journey through the African Diaspora

    Tuesday 17 – Sunday 22 March South Lecture Room A surprising glimpse onto the trajectory of a seemingly typical Scottish fabric across four continents. Observe the story of how tartan kilts of the British Army’s Highland regiments influenced the development

    The Power of Paper: 50 years of printmaking from Australia, Canada and South Africa

    14 February 2015 – 6 December 2015
    Li Ka Shing Gallery

    From the mid-twentieth century onwards, colonized and indigenous communities began to represent themselves through modern media. This exhibition is a revelation of eloquent prints made by black and indigenous artists since the 1960s.

    Magic and Memory: Paul Montague in New Caledonia

    Tuesday 9 September 2014 – Sunday 8 March 2015

    A small display remembering Cambridge zoologist Paul Montague and his research in New Caledonia.

    Crafting Colour: Beads, Pattern and Painting from the Kalahari

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

    24 June – 28 September 2014
    South Lecture Room
    Contemporary prints and paintings produced in western Botswana over the last twenty five years feature in this summer exhibition.

    Buddha’s Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond

    28 May 2014 – 17 January 2015

    This exhibition charts some of the incredible journeys that the words of the Buddha have taken: crossing mountains and oceans and taking different material forms in different places. It focuses on books, not just as objects of learning and study, but as relics of the Buddha, and sacred objects in their own right.

    Tapa: Barkcloth paintings from the Pacific

    Tuesday 25 March – Saturday 19 April 2014 This exhibition draws upon the Museum’s world-class collection of barkcloth, dating from the eighteenth century to the present day. Exceptional barkcloths, rarely displayed, will be featured including two works by women of

    Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration

    31 January – 27 April 2014 Two Temple Place Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration, the interior of Two Temple Place Presenting singular objects and unearthing little-known treasures in the extraordinary interiors of Two Temple Place on London’s Embankment, Discoveries is


      Tuesday 28 October – Sunday 2 November 2013 We are thrilled to welcome to our galleries, for one week only, one of the great art treasures of Vietnam. Gióng, by renowned artist Nguyễn Tư Nghiêm , has travelled from the Vietnam Museum

    The Lost World (Part 2)

    23 October – 30 November 2013
    Andrews Gallery

    The Lost World (Part 2) is a solo exhibition by the Tasmanian artist, Julie Gough, simultaneously installed in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and at Contemporary Art Tasmania (CAT), Hobart.

    Origins of the Afro Comb: 6,000 years of culture, politics and identity

    Origins of the Afrocomb

    2 July – 28 September 2013, South Lecture Room Discover the extraordinary 6,000-year history of African hair combs in this joint exhibition between the Fitzwilliam Museum and Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge. Traditionally playing an important role in creating, maintaining and

    The Cultured Rainforest

    The Cultured Rainforest

    4 April – 1 June 2013 South Lecture Room The Cultured Rainforest tells the story of the rainforest on the island of 
Borneo and the people for whom it has been home, today and in the past. The 
exhibition overturns

    Tall Stories: Cannibal Forks

    15 September – October 31 2010 This was the first version of the artwork, ‘Tall Stories: Cannibal Forks’ on display in the Maudslay Gallery next to the Fiji cabinet as an intervention into the museum’s displays. The artwork comprised 26

    Unlimited Global Alchemy

    Bongiwe by Rachel Gadsden

    23 June – 18 August 2012 Unlimited Global Alchemy is a collaborative exhibition project spearheaded by artist Rachel Gadsden (UK). Working with the Bambanani artist-activist Group (South Africa), they explore the psychology and politics of HIV/AIDS and of life-giving medical


    7 – 23 March 2013 • P • I • T • O • T • I • is a multimedia digital rock art exhibition which originated from years of research by Dr Christopher Chippindale and Dr Frederick Baker of

    Gifts and Discoveries

    25 May 2012 – 16 February 2013 Gifts & Discoveries is the first special exhibition in MAA’s new Li Ka Shing Gallery. It tells the stories behind some of the outstanding artefacts in the Museum’s collection and traces their journeys

    Chiefs & Governors: Art and Power in Fiji

    Human-shaped figures and pendants of whale ivory strung on fine plaited coir cords. Probably presented to Lady Gordon, 1875 - 80, Fiji

    7 June 2013 – 19 April 2014,
    Li Ka Shing Gallery

    This will be the first ever exhibition dedicated to Fijian Art outside Fiji. It draws on MAA’s exceptional collection of Fijian artefacts, photographs and archives, a collection closely linked to the early colonial history of Fiji and the foundation of the Museum.

    Creativity in the Bronze Age – a response

    2 April – 30 June 2013
    An intervention into MAA’s experimental World Archaeology Gallery by a group of seven contemporary craft artists, ranging from artist jewelers to potters:
    Mary Butcher, Susan Kinley, Helen Marton, Syann van Niftrik, Julian Stair, Sheila Teague and Gary Wright

    Arctic Passages

      The early twentieth century saw an explosion of scholarly interest in the Polar Regions, and James Mann Wordie was at the centre of it in Britain. He personally led five scientific expeditions to Greenland and Canada in the 1920s

    Assembling Bodies

    10 March 2009 – 6 November 2010 Assembling Bodies: Art, Science & Imagination aims to challenge pre-conceived notions about the human body. This innovative, multi-disciplinary exhibition examines ways that bodies are constructed, known and transformed in various historical, cross-cultural and