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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology



The Museum, as home to two million years of human history, one million objects, and countless astonishing stories, can provide a unique and memorable backdrop to events of all kinds.


We can accommodate events involving up to 300 guests across three floors, in galleries displaying our world-renowned collections. The museum is able to host wine and canapé receptions, live musical performances, meetings and a range of other private events.

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Clarke Hall

The Clarke Hall highlights 1,200 objects in the museum’s collection of local archaeological material.

It is the only display of its kind in the city and has objects ranging from prehistory to the 20th century, truly bringing the region to life.

It is perfect for showing your guests the history of our beautiful city.


You can see:

  • 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 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’

Ideal for:

  • Intimate wine and canapé receptions
  • Private showings of our temporary exhibitions

Technical Information:

  • Located on the ground floor
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Size – 240m2
  • Capacity – 50 guests


Maudslay Hall


  On the first floor, the Maudslay Hall houses the Museum’s principal Anthropology collection, displaying culturally significant art and artefacts from around the world. The vast array of objects will create talking point for even the most shy of guests.


You can see:

  • The 14m high totem pole
  • A 26-foot-high (8-metre) intricately carved Maori flagpole, fully restored in 2008
  • Unique objects from Oceania, North America and the Arctic collected on the voyages of Captain Cook

Ideal for:

  • Wine and canapé receptions
  • Musical performances
  • Presentations
  • Combining with the Andrews Gallery for larger events

Technical Information:

  • Located on the first floor
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Size – 240m2
  • Capacity – 150 guests


Andrews Gallery


On the second floor, the Andrews Gallery is dedicated to world archaeology.

The displays house some of the oldest objects at MAA.


You can see:

  • Moche pottery
  • Objects from ancient Egypt, China, Europe and the Middle East
  • Casts of Maya stelae

Ideal for:

  • Wine and canapé receptions
  • Sit-down dining for up to 60 guests
  • Combining with the Maudslay Gallery for larger events

Technical Information:

  • Located on the second floor
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Size – 180m2
  • Capacity – 100 guests



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