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School Trips

We are cautiously welcoming groups to our museum again.  

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is a popular destination for school trips for students from Years 7 to 13. Our Cambridge Museum offers students taking a variety of subjects an opportunity to expand their knowledge of the ancient world. We are ideally placed for visits from Cambridge schools, but we also welcome schools and colleges from further afield.

We have a dedicated Education and Outreach Coordinator, Justyna Ladosz, who can lead your trips for school or college students on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - but if you prefer, you can self-lead instead. Justyna has a background in secondary school teaching.

Our Education Service is free of charge - so a visit to our Museum is not just educational, it's affordable. If you would like to make a donation, we promise to spend your money on maintaining and expanding our schools service and collections care. Any donation, however, is made at your own discretion.

How to donate

Maximum group size for a secondary school visit is 25 students. We recommend one supervisor per every 10 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.

As school bookings reopen, we have had to put extra measures to keep everyone safe. 

  • It is essential that school groups arrive at the arranged time, between quarter past and quarter to the hour. This is neccessary to avoid bottlenecks in  thefaculty building.
  • Schools are required to wait outside building on arrival until pre-arranged entry time, and to report to enquiries office before entering the museum.
  • School groups planning to use toilets on departure to leave in staggered groups to avoid congregating in foyer.
  • Please me mindful of these rules while booking and planning your visit. We thank you for your cooperation. 

To find out more about our safety measures please visit the museum's visit us pages. 

Online School Sessions

Our Virtual School Sessions are still available. 

Our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Justyna, is available to live-stream into your classroom from the gallery to deliver the session. Justyna is available Wednesday-Friday. 

At secondary level she offers tours of the gallery, as well as more focused sessions around the specification topics. 

Virtual Tours

A Museum session for secondary school students usually involves a tour of the Cast Gallery. A tour is a fantastic opportunity to trace the history of classical art from the earliest Archaic sculpture right through to Roman sculpture, via the Classical and Hellenistic periods.

These tours are also popular school trips for pupils studying Classical Civilisation, and are especially useful for Component group 2: Culture and the arts of the OCR A Level specification – but they serve as a great introduction to classical art for students of any discipline. Tours can be tailored to the age range and prior knowledge of the group.

Justyna can deliver sessions that align with the OCR A Level Classical Civilisation, on the following topics:

  • Imperial Image
  • Greek Religion 
  • Greek Art and Architecture

She is also available to deliver sessions for GCSE students (for example on Women). To find out more about how the museum collection aligns and enriches the curriculum, email Justyna at 

There is no maximum group size, but we do ask that you report the number of pupils accurately. 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.

A tour usually lasts an hour.


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, Justyna Ladosz, will be in touch to answer any questions or discuss your options in advance of your visit.

Justyna is available to lead visits on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only. 

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


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

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Just drop in: no need to book


New Covid Measures from 10 December:

In line with Government guidance, the University of Cambridge requires visitors to wear face coverings (unless exempt) whilst enjoying our indoor spaces. Face coverings help protect the wearer and others against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of COVID-19 transmission. We hope that our visitors support this in an effort to keep each other and our staff safe.


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 closed on Saturdays. Saturday opening will begin again on Saturday 22 January 2022.

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


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