The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's collections span nearly two million years of human history, on all six inhabited continents.
Our oldest object is a 1.8 million-year-old stone tool from Olduvai Gorge, whilst the newest are made by contemporary artists. The anthropology and photographic collections are enhanced by collaboration with indigenous communities. The Museum has been a base for teaching and research within the University of Cambridge since 1884.
The collections have been built up by students and researchers undertaking archaeological and anthropological fieldwork, as well as by alumni who went on to become colonial administrators, missionaries and navigators.