Getting to know... the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Situated in the university city of Cambridge, the MAA is celebrating the centenary of its current premises. We found out about Prince Charles, disabled ducks and thumb pianos.

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge

Age: 129 years, but we have been at our current Downing Street home for exactly 100 years, this year.                                         

Describe yourself in three words: eccentric, intriguing, curious.

What is your most treasured possession? Wendy Brown, the museum administrator, who keeps us all on the straight and narrow.

Your most famous visitor is… We seem to get a lot of royal visitors, Prince Charles was a student here in the 1960s.

Best cafe creation/ shop success… our African thumb pianos.

Any museum pets? Gemima, a disabled duck who used to shelter in the museum entrance.

One thing that could make you better is... Our second floor World Archaeology gallery, which is still in development.

You have a Museum crush on... Kettle’s Yard, our sister museum at the other end of town.

What do you most dislike about your appearance? Some people think we look like one of the University’s Colleges, which puts them off coming in.

You’re most happy when… longstanding local residents discover the museum for the first time, and are surprised at what they have been missing.

Venue details

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Downing Street Cambridgeshire CB2 3DZ 01223 333516 www.maa.cam.ac.uk

Entry details

Free entry to all

Tue – Sat, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Sun, 12noon – 4.30pm

Closed for approximately one week at Christmas and the New Year (please check website for dates) and on on Good Friday and Easter Sunday