skip to content

Faculty of Classics

Ludovisi throne, relief with woman, glimpsed through casts

Our calm and tranquil Cast Gallery offers an ideal setting for art groups to practice sketching the human body and classical form. Whether you want to bring students studying art at school or college, or you are part of an informal drawing group – there's something for everyone.


Sign up to hear about our news, events and learning resources

Subscribe to our mailing list


Drawing Sessions (In Person)

Age: 14-adult (KS4-5 and beyond)

Curriculum links: Art

Maximum group size: 20

Session time: 60-120 minutes

Session type: self-led

No charges apply


School trips to the Cast Gallery are a popular choice with art students, who enjoy sketching our sculptures in the tranquil setting of the Museum. But it's not just school art students who are welcome in our gallery – any drawing group can book in for a free sketching session, including on Saturdays during weekend opening season. Our Education and Outreach Coordinator can also offer an introduction to classical sculpture before students sit down to draw.

We request that you use dry materials only, in order to protect our casts from harm. If you would like your visit to include activities beyond drawing, please indicate so when you complete your booking request.


More information

Although the Museum is popular with Cambridge schools, we're always pleased to offer sessions to schools from further afield. And school trips to our Museum are not only fun and educational, they're affordable too: our education service is entirely free of charge.

Maximum group size for an art session is 20 students. If you are bringing a group from a school or formal education setting, there must be a teacher or leader with a DBS certificate present during the session. Adequate supervision is important because it ensures the safety of both the students and the casts. We recommend one supervisor per every 10 students.

We recommend the following ratios:

1 adult : 7 primary school students
1 adult : 10 secondary school students


We want your school group to have fun on your visit to us, but unfortunately we also have to make sure our collection is looked after. Groups who have to be repeatedly warned about behaviour may be asked to leave.


Our learning service is free

If you would like to make a donation to the Museum, we promise to spend your money on supporting and expanding our education programme and collections care. Any donation, however, is at your own discretion.


Highlights Pack

We have also produced a Highlights Pack designed to introduce A-level students to the collection and support their studies. The Pack contains 15 loose-leaf essays written by research specialists in the Faculty and can be purchased for £5 from the Museum.

Find out more about the Highlights Pack



How to Book

To make a booking, please use our online booking request form. Please choose the option for Online Tour or Other, and fill in the box at the end of the form with details  about what you would like to get out of the visit. 

Our Education and Outreach Coordinator will be in touch to answer any questions or discuss your options in advance of your visit.

Please note, we ask that all school trips are booked in at least a week in advance.


Get in Touch

Tel. 01223 767044


Before your visit

Please read our teacher's pack for more information about our museum and your visit


Useful Links

How to find us

Travel Information

Access Information

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

Admission is free.


Just drop in: no need to book


Lift out of order

Our lift is currently out of order which means we are not able to provide step-free access at present.


Opening hours

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

Closed on Bank Holidays


Special Opening: Saturday 25 May 10-5pm

We will be open all day on Saturday 25 May to support the performance of Oedipus Tyrannus at the ADC. To request a group booking, please use our online booking form.


Saturday Opening

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

We are currently open on Saturdays until Saturday 8 June, inclusive.


Visit us

Museum of Classical Archaeology
Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue

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


Join our mailing list



Get in touch

Tel. +44 (0)1223 330402


Find us on social media:




Copyright statement

All images and material on our websites are ©Museum of Classical Archaeology, University of Cambridge unless otherwise stated. If you would like to reproduce our images, you can now do so for non-commercial use at no charge.

See also our Copyright Notice and Take Down Policy.