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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


Standard opening hours:

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

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, except for during school holidays when you will need to book a free ticket in advance. If you want to be sure of your trip, or are coming with a group, please get in touch in advance.

You do not need a ticket to visit our shop, 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.







Sundial and compass in mahogany case, made by
Joshua Springer. 18th Century. Bristol, UK. MAA 1921.63.75. Photography by Gwil Owen.

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