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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology





    Clarke Hall: Archaeology

    The main permanent gallery on the ground floor

    is dedicated to the archaeology of Cambridge.

    The only display of its kind in the city, the

    Cambridge Gallery presents some 1,200

    objects that bring the history of the region to life.




Highlights include:

  • the Cambridge Archaeology Wall, a 3.75m-wide, three-layer display showing prehistoric, Roman and medieval finds and their location on a map of the city

  • the Tower of Samian display of highly decorated Roman pottery

  • the famous Arbury Coffin, containing the bones of a woman, a shrew and a mouse thought to date from the fourth century AD, which inspired the Sylvia Plath poem ‘All the Dead Dears’





    Maudslay Hall: Anthropology

    On the first floor, the Maudslay gallery houses

    the Museum’s principal Anthropology collection,

    displaying culturally significant art and artefacts

    from around the world.




Highlights include:

  • Pacific Currents: New Displays from Oceania

  • the Museum’s exquisite collection of Asian sculpture

  • a 26-foot-high (8-metre) intricately carved Maori flagpole, fully restored in 2008

  • art and craft material from the Torres Strait Islands, off the northern coast of Australia

  • unique objects from Oceania, North America and the Arctic collected on the voyages of Captain Cook





   Andrews Gallery: Archaeology

    On the second floor, the Andrews Gallery is

    dedicated to world archaeology. Displays

    change frequently and highlight the breadth

    of the Museum’s collection.




Highlights include:

  • Important material from predynastic Egypt

  • Displays on the Maya, with casts of large monumental stelae

  • Objects from ancient China and the Middle East

  • Moche pottery



Li Ka Shing Gallery: Temporary Exhibitions

Located on the ground floor, the Li Ka Shing Gallery is the Museum’s main temporary exhibition space.


[Re:]Entanglements: Colonial collections in decolonial times

22 June 2021 - 17 April 2022

An astonishing collection of African artwork collected during Britain's first anthropological surveys of early 20th-Century West Africa is on dispaly for the very first time at MAA. The exhibition poses difficult questions about the nature of colonialism at the time and its legacies today, and also features photogrphic portraits, archival materials and contemporary artistic responses from Nigeria and Sierra Leone.















South Lecture Room: Temporary Exhibitions

Used for teaching during term time, the South Lecture Room is kindly loaned to the Museum by the Department of Archaeology for use as a temporary exhibition space during the University summer vacation.



Two million years of human history. One million artefacts. Countless astonishing stories.