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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

 

Explore humanity's stories through our on-site exhibitions, displays, events and more.

Looking to explore the museum from your sofa? We are committed to expanding our offering beyond the museum's walls, so keep an eye out for digital resources, virtual exhibitions and more within these pages, or follow us on social media for much more!


Exhibitions

Beneath Our Feet: Archaeology of the Cambridge Region

Li Ka Shing Gallery

21 June 2023 - 14 April 2024

New archaeological discoveries are made every year. They are not always made by archaeologists, nor in the places you might expect. From people’s back gardens to scientific laboratories, the past is everywhere.

We welcome you to explore the archaeology of the Cambridge region in our new exhibition.

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Temporary displays

Contemporary Gweagal spears by Rod Mason

Maudslay Gallery

In dialogue with the new display of Kamay spears now open at the Chau Chak Wing Museum in Sydney, a new display is now open at MAA of three contemporary spears, made by Senior Elder of the Gweagla Clan, Dharawal Nation, Rod Mason.


Permanent displays


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 18th century to the present day.


Events and workshops

Twilight at the Museums (5-7pm, 21 February 2024)

Explore humanity's relationship with fire through the ages in this exciting after-hours event.

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FRIENDS EVENT: ‘Quimbaya. Metallurgy of the early period in pre-Columbian Colombia' - Clemencia Plazas (4PM, 5 March 2024)

Lime container (Poporo) mo-o32852 and mo-o33160. Image credits: Photo by Clark M. Rodríguez, Museo del Oro, Banco de la República.

An online talk with Clemencia Plazas, an anthropologist from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. This is a Friends only event, for more information and membership details visit the Friends page. Read more>>


FRIENDS EVENT: MAA Friends visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum (11:30AM, 8 May 2024)

A visit to Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum hosted by Dr Morton, Head of Curatorial, Research and Teaching. This is a Friends only event, for more information and membership details visit the Friends page. Read more>>


FRIENDS EVENT: 'When do we take our shoes off in the museum? On learning and teaching collections care in the southern Himalayas' - Dr Ayesha Fuentes (2PM, 26 June 2023)

Himalayan shrine. Image credit: Dr Ayesha Fuentes.

Dr Ayesha Fuentes, MAA's Isaac Newton Trust Research Associate in Conservation, will be speaking about her recent grant-funded collaboration with museums in the southern Himalayas, working with colleagues in the region to cultivate local practices and standards of care and conservation for cultural objects. This is a Friends only event, for more information and membership details visit the Friends page. Read more>>


Kiribati Dancers Krista Dixon and Chloe Karea at the opening for the exhibition Pacific Currents. 5 July 2018. Photography by Josh Murfitt.