Fitzwilliam Museum

Fitzwilliam Museum
The main entrance to the Fitzwilliam Museum, facing Trumpington Street.
Fitzwilliam Museum is located in Central Cambridge
Fitzwilliam Museum
Location in Cambridge
Established1816, by will of Richard FitzWilliam, 7th Viscount FitzWilliam
LocationCambridge, United Kingdom
Coordinates52°12′01″N 0°07′10″E / 52°12′01″N 0°07′10″E / 52.200278; 0.119444
University of Cambridge Museums
Saint Geminianus, from a pentaptych by Simone Martini (c.1284–1344).

The Fitzwilliam Museum is the art and antiquities museum of the University of Cambridge, located on Trumpington Street opposite Fitzwilliam Street in central Cambridge, England. Admission is free.

The museum is the lead museum for the University of Cambridge Museums consortium, one of 16 Major Partner Museum services funded by Arts Council England to lead the development of the museums sector.[2]

Foundation and buildings

View of one of the museum's entrance halls

The museum was founded in 1816 with the legacy of the library and art collection of Richard FitzWilliam, 7th Viscount FitzWilliam. The bequest also included £100,000 "to cause to be erected a good substantial museum repository". The collection was initially placed in the old Perse School building in Free School Lane. It was moved in 1842 to the Old Schools (at that time the University Library). The "Founder's Building" itself was designed by George Basevi, completed by C. R. Cockerell and opened in 1848; the entrance hall is by Edward Middleton Barry and was completed in 1875. The first stone of the new building was laid by Gilbert Ainslie in 1837. A further large bequest was made to the University in 1912 by Charles Brinsley Marlay, including a sum of £80,000 and a collection of 84 pictures. A two-storey extension, paid for partly by the Courtauld family, was added in 1931.[3]