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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

 
Detail of a Sundial and compass in mahogany case, close up showing metal details, reading 'springer' on one side, and a blue reader dial.

Standard opening hours:

Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday to Saturday - 10am - 5pm
Sunday - 12pm - 5pm


Please note that the museum will be closed on Tuesday 19 July due to the Met Office Red Weather Warning, for the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff.  We feel that the heat generated in the galleries will make working and visiting very uncomfortable if not dangerous.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you will visit us on a cooler day soon!


Tickets and entry

We are no longer operating a booking system - you are welcome to just turn up to the museum any time during our opening hours. If you are coming with a group, please get in touch in advance.

You can visit our shop, whether you are seeing the rest of the musuem or not, which has a a range of unique and interesting gifts, toys and souvenirs, as well as greetings cards and other stationery. Everything is fair trade and ethically sourced, from the jewellery and scarves to the bags, mugs and bowls – and all inspired by the Museum's collections.


Visiting with a group?

Please book your group visit in advance. Click here to find out more about group bookings. 


 

Ring sundial. The months of the year are marked either side of a slit running along the circumference of the ring. A sliding ring is inset within the groove, with a small square knob and single perforation to allow sunlight to pass through the slit and onto the inner surface. The inner surface is inscribed with lines and numbers for the hours from one to twelve. 
Post-medieval. Cumberland, UK.
MAA 1919.60. Photography by David Kay.

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