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Mankind Through the Ages
The University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (or MAA) houses antiquities that display humanity’s history. At this University of Cambridge museum, visitors can view exhibits ranging from the simplest stone tools man to complex artworks of Asian, African, Native American, and Oceanic civilizations.
The museum was founded by the University of Cambridge in 1884 as the University’s Museum of General and Local Archaeology. The institution gathered artifacts through sources like the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, the museum’s curator, and even some of the university’s students doing fieldwork of their own. The museum still acts as a centre for archeological study, but has now become an important University attraction.
While artifacts remain the MAA’s primary focus, their major photography exhibitions have also gathered attention. The photo collection of different cultures provides the museum with a contemporary contrast against their historical pieces.
Older artifacts include sculptures, canoes, masks, and textiles from ancient cultures to the Middle Ages. With three floors crammed with precious archaeological objects, a trip to the MAA is sure to leave visitors with a unique impression of human history.
Tea and Talks
The MAA holds a number of discussions about the museum’s exhibits. Visitors can speak with curators and researchers about certain exhibitions or the museum’s efforts as a whole, and then relax with some tea and chelsea buns, courtesy of Fitzbillies. Talks take place on the first Saturday of each month; check with the MAA for details and reservations.
For another taste of archaeology, check out the Museum of Classical Archaeology.