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Cast Collection

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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Browse the Museum Collection Highlights

Search the online catalogue of the cast collection

Why casts?

The history of the Museum

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge

Every cast tells two stories.

One ancient. One modern.

Admission is free.


Coronovirus Update: Temporary Closure of the Museum of Classical Archaeology from Wednesday 18 March

We are very sad to announce that the Museum of Classical Archaeology will be closing from 5pm today, Tuesday 17 March 2020 until further notice.

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Opening hours

Tues-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat: 10am-1pm (univ. term time only)
Sun and Monday: Closed

Closed on Bank Holidays

Saturday Opening

We are currently closed on Saturdays. We are only open on Saturdays during University of Cambridge term time. Saturday opening begins again on Saturday 25 April 2020.


Easter Closure

We are closing for Easter. We will close at 5pm on Thursday 9 April and reopen at 10am on Tuesday 14 April.


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