The Fitzwilliam Museum is the principal museum of the University of Cambridge. Its core purpose is to safeguard the collections, to make them accessible for study and enjoyment and to preserve them for future generations.
It is our mission to pursue scholarship and to offer free public access to the collections as well as to education and information services that enhance the visitor experience and inspire learning.
Throughout its history, The Fitzwilliam Museum has been dependent upon the generosity of its supporters. Like the buildings which house them, the collections have grown thanks to gifts, bequests and grants from external sources, both private and public.
Philanthropic giving is at the heart of the success of the Collegiate University, enabling us to make discoveries that change the world and to ensure that our students received an unrivalled education.
Under a weeping willow on the banks of the River Cam at Whittlesford sit an 18th-century house and mill buildings, which today house a scientific laboratory, restoration studios, x-radiography labs and a library of technical art books and archives.