The Fitzwilliam Museum was founded in 1816 with the most generous bequest of Viscount Fitzwilliam to the University of Cambridge, where he had studied. His founding collections of paintings, prints, manuscripts and library have been built upon for over two hundred years. Nowadays, the extraordinary Fitzwilliam Museum houses over half a million artworks and artefacts in a magnificent Grade I listed building in the heart of historic Cambridge.
The Fitzwilliam is the principal museum of the University of Cambridge; its treasures range from fine art to sculpture, furniture, ceramics, silver, armour, coins, music and illuminated manuscripts, as well as antiquities from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Cyprus.
The outstanding collection of nearly 2,000 paintings includes some of the very finest artists from the thirteenth century to the present day, including works by Titian, Rembrandt, Canaletto, Monet, Degas, and Picasso.
More than 160,000 objects are listed in the online catalogue with nearly 140,000 images, virtual exhibitions, podcasts and information about current activities and events.
"A museum collection of beauty, quality and rarity…" Mark Fisher, 'Britain's Best Museums and Galleries'