Fitzwilliam Museum

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The main entrance to the Fitzwilliam Museum, facing Trumpington Sreet.

The Fitzwilliam Museum is the art and antiquities museum of the University of Cambridge and is located on Trumpington Street, Cambridge, England.

The museum was founded in 1816 with the bequest of the library and art collection of Richard, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion. The bequest also included 100,000 "to cause to be erected a good substantial museum repository". The "Founder's Building" itself was designed by George Basevi, completed by C. R. Cockerell and opened in 1848; the entrance hall is by Edward Middleton Barry and was completed in 1875.

The museum has five departments: Antiquities; Applied Arts; Coins and Medals; Manuscripts and Printed Books; and Paintings, Drawings and Prints.

The "Friends of the Fitzwilliam" was founded in 1909 and is the oldest society in Britain devoted to supporting a museum.

External links

it:Fitzwilliam Museum di Cambridge

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