Twilight at Home

From 15th of February

Church and the ancestors: Sacred pir mats from Asmat, Papua, Indonesia

Church and the ancestors: Sacred pirmats from Asmat, Papua, Indonesia, a new exhibition focusing on Papuan Christianity and its ritual material culture at MAA.

Britten Sinfonia Academy Musical Museum Trail

Sunday 31st of March

Join us for a family-friendly musical tour across the Fitzwilliam Museum,
Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
and Museum of Zoology.

Pacific Currents New Displays from Oceania in the World Anthropology Gallery

Pacific Currents showcases MAA’s exceptional and wide-ranging Oceanic collections, which originate from throughout the Pacific and date from the late 18thcentury to the present day.

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.

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.

A Survival Story – Prehistoric Life at Star Carr

21 June 2018 – 19 April 2020
Li Ka Shing Gallery

Sometimes in archaeology we come across objects that truly intrigue us. The mysterious 11,000-year-old headdresses, found at the Mesolithic site of Star Carr in Yorkshire are just such an example.

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.

Re-collecting the Missionary Road

The intention of this project is to re-collect and re-assemble a wide range of artefacts associated with the missionary road. In the longer term, the project will result in a major exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, scheduled for 2024.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Hide and Seek: Looking for Children in the Past

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

MAA Friends: Tea & Talk

2:30pm, First Saturday of the Month

Join curators, researchers and conservators at MAA for an informal and behind-the-scenes talk about their work, followed by tea and Fitzbillies’ famous chelsea buns!

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.

Manos Creadoras (Creative Hands): Chilean arts and crafts

Friday 16 May, 5-9pm Museums at Night The museum is delighted to welcome three Chilean artists travelling to the UK for the first time. Join us for this special evening opening; drop in and talk to the artists who will

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