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Our Casts

The cast collection of the Museum of Classical Archaeology comprises over six hundred plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture. Around 450 casts are on display in the Cast Gallery, which is the public face of the Museum. The collection not only brings together sculptures which are today scattered around the world in both private collections and museums open to the public, but also provides an unparalleled resource for studying and researching Roman and Greek art.

The Cast Gallery houses some of the best known and most important examples of classical sculpture, arranged broadly chronologically. Each plaster cast is a direct copy of its original created through a painstakingly laborious process; many do preserve, too, the restorations added to the statues after their rediscovery – some of which have been removed today, meaning the cast collection also freezes in time its statues in their previous incarnations.

The most famous exhibit in the cast collection is the painted Peplos Kore, which has been reconstructed to capture its original glory.


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Every cast tells two stories.
One ancient. One modern.

Admission is free.


We are open

Just drop in: no need to book


Christmas Closure

We will close at 5pm on Friday 17 December 2021 and will reopen at 10am on Wednesday 5th January.


Opening hours

Tues-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat (univ. term-time only): 2-5pm
Sun and Monday: Closed

Closed on Bank Holidays


Saturday Opening

We are currently open on Saturdays until Saturday 27 November 2021.

Please note: We are only open on Saturdays during University of Cambridge term time.


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Museum of Classical Archaeology
Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue

We do not have an entrance on the road. Find us inside the Sidgwick Site.


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