Welcome to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Two million years of human history, one million artefacts and countless amazing stories. Discover the earliest African stone tools, recent Cambridge archaeological finds, and tattoo instruments collected during Captain Cook’s voyages to the Pacific. 

Collection Highlights

- The skeleton of a Roman woman, who inspired Sylvia Plath’s poem, ‘All the Dead Dears’.
- A 14 m tall totem pole from the Queen Charlotte Islands in Canada.
- Samurai armour from Japan complete with a moustache made of boar’s bristles. 
- The Trumpington Cross: an early Christian brooch found in the Anglo-Saxon burial of a teenage girl only 3 miles from the museum.
- Freeze-dried potatoes from Peru that are at least 500 years old.

Free entry

Contact Us

Website: www.maa.cam.ac.uk
Call: 01223 333516
Email: admin@maa.cam.ac.uk

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Visiting with a buggy
There is limited space for buggy parking at the museum. You may take your buggy around the museum with you. 

Visiting with an Autistic child
The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) actively encourages all visitors to the Museum, including people on the autistic spectrum. We have prepared the following information to help you plan for your visit. We hope that it will help to make your time with us enjoyable and we look forward to seeing you.

We have prepared a Visual Story which is available for you to download or print off to create a Social Story for your child. This is a visual guide which will help your child to know what to expect and ease the anxiety which often accompanies a visit to somewhere new and unfamiliar. The Visual Story has been designed for you, the parent/carer, to decide which pages would be most beneficial for your individual circumstances. You can download the Visual Story here.

The University's museums and Garden are within walking distance of each other. If travelling by car, we recommend using Park and Ride services

Research Enquiries and Image Permissions

To request a research visit, please email research.visits@maa.cam.ac.uk. More information for visiting researchers and research enquiries is available on the Museum’s website.
For image permissions, please email images@maa.cam.ac.uk.

    Opening hours

    52.202806, 0.12093500000003

    Accessibility Information

    If you have special access requirements, please contact the Museum in advance of your visit in order to make your experience as smooth as possible.

    A visual story: Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
    This visual guide will help your child know what to expect and ease the anxiety which often accompanies a visit to somewhere new and unfamiliar. Download the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Visual Story to help plan your visit

    Physical Access
    The main entrance on Downing Street is fully accessible to Disabled visitors, and there is a lift to all three floors.  

    The Museum’s flooring is level. Although there is a small raised section, up two steps, everything can be seen from ground level.

    Visibility impairments
    The Museum is very well lit. Large print labels are available.

    Hearing impairments
    Induction loops: 
    An induction loop is available at the Museum’s front desk.

    The Museum is a large space with hard surfaces, though generally quiet.

    Assistance dogs
    are very welcome.

    Disabled parking
    Onsite parking can be arranged. Please contact the Museum in advance of your visit.

    Changing Places Toilet
    The closest Changing Places toilet is located in the Grand Arcade car park. Locate more Changing Places toilets in Cambridge. 

    Additional Access Information
    Visit the AccessAble website